We love quite a lot of things and we bet it holds true for most people too. Stuffed animals are no exception and if asked to come up with a list of favorites, the following will no doubt come up. Go on and check out if your choice made it to our list.
Manufactured in 1908, this vintage Steiff red bear was previously owned by Princess Xenia. Received as a gift from her father George Mikhailovich, Grand Duke of Russia, it was purchased in 1989 at a Christie’s London auction for $12,100. The toy served as the princess’ best friend which accompanied her from childhood to adulthood and was her primary companion as she fled to England during the Russian Revolution.
- Charles Stephens
With its pin-striped vest and white dress shirt with a red tie and pocket square, this toy may not seem so special at first. But then it’s one bought at Harrods, an up-market department store in London, by no less than Prince William for his then pregnant wife Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge.
- Queen Elizabeth II
The last royal bear in this list, this Steiff creation was manufactured to celebrate a milestone after the queen officially became longest ruling monarch of the United Kingdom officially surpassing Queen Victoria. The toy clocks at thirty centimeters long with luxurious Schulte Mohair. It comes with a crown and a regal coronation robe. It even plays “God Save the Queen”, Britain’s national anthem.
- Titanic Mourning Bear
After the tragic sinking of the RMS Titanic in 1912, Steiff manufactured and released a limited edition bear to mourn for the loss. Unlike its previous designs, this was a striking black from head to toe. It came in five different sizes but at present, these bears are fairly hard to come by.
- Louis Vuitton Bear
It would be impossible to not include this in our list. Still the most expensive stuffed animal of all time, the Louis Vuitton Steiff bear was sold for $2.1 million in a 2000 Monaco to Jessie Kim of Korea. The toy is preserved and exhibited at the Teddy Bear Museum in Jeju Island, Korea.
- Diamond Eyes Teddy
Of all the stuffed animals we’ve seen, nothing beats the Steiff diamond-eyed bear which was manufactured for the German toy brand’s 125th anniversary in the industry. With only 125 pieces made that was initially sold for $84,000 a piece, it came with a golden snout, golden thread for fur and a pair of eyes made of sapphires and diamonds.
Learn more about Steiff here http://www.steiffteddybears.co.uk/