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Gavels 'n' Paddles: French automaton doll, $44,800, Theriault's

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far
by Ken Hall
A French musical automaton, 30 inches tall, the extremely rare Bebe Triste facial model, sold for $44,800 at an antique doll auction titled Soiree, held May 14 by Theriault’s (based in Annapolis, Md.) in Las Vegas, Nev. The doll’s intricate movements included a tumbling acrobat in a toy theater and a hidden pup that was revealed when the lid was lifted. Also, an Emile Jumeau ‘E.J.A.’ doll, made circa 1879, fetched $34,700; and a Vichy’s “Organ Grinder with Dancing Doll” automaton topped out at $22,000. Prices include a 12 percent buyer’s premium.

Gavels ‘n’ Paddles: French automaton doll, $44,800, Theriault’s