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Denver, PA, United States
DoneSat, Sep 12, 2015 1:00 PM GMT

Toys, Trains, Marbles & Dolls Sale Day 3

Auction includes exotic early trains, superior-quality toys and exquisite dolls from 55-year Paul and Katie Hedburn collection. Second major toy collection in sale includes rare lunchboxes, many rated a perfect 10 Anyone assuming they?ve seen the last of the great early collections of toys, trains and dolls may have to readjust their thinking September 10-12 when Morphy?s presents at auction a long-held trove amassed by the late Katie and Paul Hedburn. The Chicago couple began their collecting journey around 55 years ago, before there were specialty shows for dolls and toys, and certainly long before the Internet. ?If the Hedburns had a motto, it was to buy and keep on buying, but never sell,? said Jay Lowe, head of Morphy?s Doll division. ?Most of the dolls in their collection were purchased in the 1960s and ?70s from dealers who set up at general antique shows around Chicago. That was a time when obscure dolls could still turn up on a dealer?s table. Probably 80 percent of the Hedburns? dolls were sourced from two dealers, in particular, who came up from the Kansas City area to sell at those Chicago shows.? The Sept. 10-12 cataloged sale will feature approximately 120 fabulous dolls from the Hedburn estate collection. A premier highlight is an 18-inch A. Marque girl, supposedly from one of only 100 boy/girl doll pairs produced during the golden age of French and German character dolls. Made in the early 20th century, these charismatic and extremely desirable dolls were created under commission by French sculptor Albert Marque (1872-1939) for the French couturier Jeanne Margaine-LaCroix, who in turn designed their outfits. It is believed that only 20 to 25 A. Marque dolls still exist today. The A. Marque offered in Morphy?s sale is all original and dressed in Swiss provincial style, with an original label inside its clothing. It is estimated at $100,000-$200,000. Another treasured doll from the Hedburn collection is an Oriental Bru, one of six or seven Brus e