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3 of the World’s Most Prized Teddy Bears

teddy-bearIf you love stuffed animals and lists then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve scoured the entire planet for the world’s most prized aka expensive toys and here’s a rundown on three of the most valuable of teddy bears in existence. Be prepared to see your jaw drop.

#1: Steiff Louis Vuitton Bear — $2,100,000

The toy is pretty much a symbol of luxury considering its price point. What’s interesting is that it has held the record as the most expensive teddy bear for seventeen years now. It was sold at a 2000 Monaco auction to Jessie Kim of Korea and is currently housed at the Teddy Bear Museum in Jeju Island, South Korea. The toy was a collaboration between the German manufacturer and the European fashion house. The classic and signature mohair bear comes with an LV designer coat and hat accompanied by a miniature Louis Vuitton monogram suitcase.

#2: Teddy Girl — $150,000

Perhaps one of the most interesting pieces of all time, Teddy Girl became valuable for its richly documented history. The toy was previously owned by Colonel Bob Henderson of the British Army, acting as a small arms adviser to Field Marshal Montgomery. Col. Henderson was a popular fan of teddy bears so much so that he had his favorite tucked to his side as he fought World War II and survived the D-Day landings. The moniker came about when after one night Bob came home to find his daughter put the bear in a dress. In 1962 Henderson became the President of the Teddy Bear Club and founded Good Bears of the World, an international charity which provides teddy bears for sick children. The toy was offered for sale four years after his death at a 1994 Christie’s auction where it fetched $150,000.

#3: Titanic Mourning Bear — $136,000

Six hundred black mohair teddy bears of five different sizes were manufactured by the Steiff Company to commemorate the tragic sinking of the RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912. Finding one in exceptionally great condition is so rare and close to impossible until the year 2000 when a twenty inch mourning bear was auctioned off at Christie’s in London for $136,00 to the Puppenhaus Museum in Basle, Switzerland. According to its owner, she never really liked the toy as a child so it lived most of its life inside a wardrobe where it was somehow preserved.
For more on Steiff bears, visit this page http://www.steiffteddybears.co.uk.