Toys are fun and endearing which is why collectible teddy bears have become a thing over the years. You’d be surprised that a lot of people will fight over, at least in auctions, for these pieces. Why? Allow these five adjectives to enlighten you.
When you hear the word collectible, what first comes to mind? For most of us, it’s the value of exclusivity. It’s no question that in order for something to be deemed collectible, it must be either rare or unique and in some cases it can be both. These toys come in small numbers (e.g. Diamond Eyed Teddy Bear) with others even being deemed a “one and only” piece (e.g. Teddy Girl and Steiff Louis Vuitton Bear).
Many, but not all, collectible teddy bears are antique or vintage finds. These are those that have stood the test of time and lived for more than at least one lifetime or several decades. What makes them truly interesting is that they hold stories and bits of history neatly tucked in within every fur and button which brings us to our next adjective.
These toys are truly interesting because they hold a story in them. More than your average toy, they come with rich and lavish tales which further heightens their collectible value. For instance, a toy’s previous owners can make it a certified collector’s item (e.g. Steiff Alonzo previously owned by Princess Xenia of Russia in 1989). Some are made for special people in society and history (e.g. Queen Elizabeth II Bear) while others were manufactured to commemorate certain events in time (e.g. Black Mourning Bear for the tragic sinking of the Titanic in 1912).
Without a shadow of a doubt, these toys are beyond ordinary and we don’t only refer to their stories, uniqueness, rarity and quality. These pieces are so valuable that some of them can reach up to thousands of dollars apiece. The most coveted ones can easily strike five to six digits in auctions. As a matter of fact, the most expensive collectible toy to date was one sold in a 2000 Monaco auction that fetched $2.1 million. It was a classic Steiff bear decked in an all out Louis Vuitton ensemble from head to toe.
Last but definitely not the least collectible teddy bears have a sense of charm and endearment to them. We can help but be drawn and fall for these cuddly wonders. There’s just undeniable magic there.