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Oak Grove, MO, United States
DoneSun, Feb 23, 2014 4:30 PM GMT

Dolls & Kewpies "Smile Awhile" Auction

Frasher's, will kick off 2014 with a catalogued auction in Kansas City, Missouri, Febuary 23rd, titled 'Smile Awhile'. The title based on the philosophy of Rose O'Neill which is revealed in her autobiography 'Do good deeds in a funny way. The world needs to laugh or least smile more than it does'. And who could help but laugh and smile at the merry Kewpie characters from the estate of Janet O'Neill Sullivan, great, great niece of famed Kewpie creator, Rose O'Neill. Janet was a frequent visitor to her aunt's Branson, Missouri home known as Bonniebrook. The numerous Kewpies and all the special Kewpie items which came to market as the immense popularity of all things Kewpie became a marketing blitz, are featured throughout the catalog. Complementing the Kewpie offering are rare googly eyed German bisque characters by Hertel and Schwab, Kammer and Reinhart, and Kestner. Also offered is an exceptional German bisque character doll by Fritz Bierschenk. The seldom-seen mysterious portrait model, circa 1910, was manufactured for only a few years and by the Sonneberg doll maker. She has wonderful sculpting with distinctive cheek bones, enigmatic smile and unique slender adult-modelled body. Rounding out the auction are French bebes and poupees from Jumeau, Steiner, Gauthier and other makers plus German closed-mouth dolls and character models by Kammer & Reinhardt, including open mouth and closed-mouth models of Simon & Halig mold 719, along with a rare glass-eyed 18' Kestner, plus many other characters as well as babies and dolly faces. Several models of Schoenhut include a scarce model of the Tootsie Wootsie character. The auction, to be conducted at the KCI Expo Center & Holiday Inn Hotel, Kansas City, Missouri, Sunday, February 23, 2014, with a 9:00 a.m. preview followed by the auction getting underway at 10:30 a.m.