Artist-signed original American Girl dolls tapped for PBA auction, July 8

American Girl doll Molly, signed and numbered by creator Pleasant Rowland, estimated at $6,000-$9,000

American Girl doll Molly, signed and numbered by creator Pleasant Rowland, estimated at $6,000-$9,000

BERKELEY, Calif. – PBA Galleries has announced a valuable collection of original American Girl dolls will be included in the Elite Americana & Rare Cartography sale scheduled for July 8. PBA Galleries is offering each of the five original dolls: Kirsten, Molly, Samantha, Felicity, and Addy, signed and numbered number one by Pleasant Rowland. Each doll comes with a hardcover copy of her book or booklet as well as a certificate of authenticity. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

American Girl dolls remain the most significant and iconic achievement of doll manufacturing and artistry from the 20th century. In 1986, Pleasant Rowland founded Pleasant Company, and on May 5 of that year, the American Girl doll line was released.

American Girl doll Kirsten, signed and numbered by creator Pleasant Rowland, estimated at $6,000-$9,000

American Girl doll Kirsten, signed and numbered by creator Pleasant Rowland, estimated at $6,000-$9,000

The original line included three dolls: Kirsten, Molly, and Samantha. As a retired teacher, Rowland wanted to create dolls that are not only fun to play with, but educational. Each doll is also a character with her own story, set in a distinct era in American history.

American Girl doll Samantha, signed and numbered by creator Pleasant Rowland, estimated at $6,000-$9,000

American Girl doll Samantha, signed and numbered by creator Pleasant Rowland, estimated at $6,000-$9,000

PBA Galleries is proud to present the Pleasant Company’s most historic original dolls. Each will be sold as an individual lot. Kirsten hails from 1854 Minnesota; Samantha is from New York City at the turn of the century; and Molly comes from Illinois during World War II.

American Girl doll Felicity, signed and numbered by creator Pleasant Rowland, estimated at $6,000-$9,000

American Girl doll Felicity, signed and numbered by creator Pleasant Rowland, estimated at $6,000-$9,000

In 1991, Felicity was the fourth doll to be released. Her story is set during the Revolutionary War.

American Girl doll Addy, signed and numbered by creator Pleasant Rowland, estimated at $6,000-$9,000

American Girl doll Addy, signed and numbered by creator Pleasant Rowland, estimated at $6,000-$9,000

She was followed in 1993 by American Girl’s first doll representing a person of color, Addy, whose story takes place during the American Civil War. At the time, each doll came with her own book, which told her story and often included coming-of-age stories to help young girls imagine their place in the world and in history.

 

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