Bears, trains, dolls in play at Turner Auctions Nov. 15

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Large vintage 1960s Steiff lion FAO Schwarz store display, with original tag and button, in good vintage condition, 31in high. Estimate $400-$600. Turner image

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Turner Auctions + Appraisals will offer a Bears, Dolls & Trains sale on Sunday, Nov. 15. The auction presents a wide selection of playthings or collectibles beloved by children of all ages from young to old. With over 230 lots, the sale features many vintage Steiff animals, including large store display models; a variety of vintage dolls; and an array of O and S gauge trains, mostly from American manufacturers, and related accessories and other items. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.

From the popular Nancy Glenn estate, the Steiff offerings showcase a vast menagerie, including bears, rabbits, ponies, pumas, lions, monkeys, birds, and a bison, stork, and boar. In addition to many groupings, the sale includes vintage Steiff limited edition and collectors edition lots, and a number of Steiff hand puppets. There are also large store display animals from the fabled toy store FAO Schwarz – cheetah, puma, penguin, donkey, lion and more – and a very large giraffe and pig. Among the dolls are vintage porcelain and bisque head dolls, including some from Germany; Chinese and cultural ethnic dolls; and from Japan, geisha and Kyoto pottery dolls. A highlight is an antique JDK 221 Googly.

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Vintage limited edition Steiff and Suzanne Gibson, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, unused condition in original box. Estimate $300-$400. Turner image

Many train lots are O gauge from diverse manufacturers: Lionel, Weaver, Williams, Western Hobbycraft, MTH, K-Line, Atlas, Sunset and Menards. S gauge trains include Lionel, Gilbert and American Models. Among the train accessories are bascule and lift bridges, a fuel station, control tower, track gang, buildings and vehicles. The sale also offers an operating hobby shop, a Jim Beam Train with track, several framed train pictures and train ephemera.

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Lionel O gauge Canadian Pacific SD-90 locomotive. Estimate $100-$150. Turner image

Turner Auctions + Appraisals begins its online auction on Sunday, Nov. 15, at 10:30 a.m. PST.

Here are some highlights of the upcoming sale:

– Large-scale vintage 1960s Steiff Lion FAO Schwarz store display with an original tag and button in good vintage condition. Estimate $400-$600.

– Antique JDK 221 googly doll with red hair and side-glancing German glass blue eyes, fully jointed body, 12 inches high (below). Estimate $100-$200.

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Antique JDK 221 googly doll with German glass blue eyes, fully jointed body, 12in high. Estimate $100-$200. Turner image

– Vintage limited edition Steiff and Suzanne Gibson, Goldilocks and the Three Bears in unused condition and in the original box. Estimate $300-$400.

– Two vintage German bisque head dolls, one marked Handwerck, the other Armand Marseille (below). Estimate $200-$400.

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Two vintage German bisque head dolls, one marked Handwerck; the other Armand Marseille, largest example 21½in high (Handwerck doll). Estimate $200-$400. Turner image

– Large Steiff stork with original tag and button in nice vintage condition, largest measurement 21 inches high. Estimate $200-$300.

– Lionel 6-18384 O Gauge Milwaukee Road bipolar electric in the original box. Estimate $400-$600.

– Vintage Steiff hand puppets, a lot of seven. Group of seven vintage Steiff hand puppets: dog, owl, tiger, monkey, fox, lion and an alligator. All retain the original tag and button, except the dog. Largest measurement at 10 inches. Estimate $200-$400.

– Lionel O Gauge Canadian Pacific SD-90 locomotive, 6-18271 Canadian Pacific SD-90. Estimate $100- $150.

– Sunset Models O Gauge North Shore Lines Electroliner 4, brass O scale set with original box. Estimate $200-$300.

– Vintage Steiff collector’s limited edition original teddy bear set in very good condition. Estimate $200-$300.

– Five vintage cultural ethnic dolls. Estimate $80-$120.

– Lionel O Gauge four-piece Milwaukee Road Hiawatha 18, aluminum cars: 153, combination dormitory/lounge car; 437 coach; 438 coach; observation with add-on diner 112 – all with original boxes. Estimate $200-$300.

For details contact Stephen Turner, president of Turner Auctions + Appraisals at

415-964-5250 or


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