Author Archives: Denise Van Patten

UFDC Annual Convention: Off To An Energetic Start

At the 66th annual United Federation of Doll Clubs National Convention in Kansas City I have had no trouble staying busy. In fact, the exact opposite has been true. The “A Dream Come True convention officially began yesterday, and I … Continue reading

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Theriault’s Shirley Temple Auction Wrap-Up

To summarize Theriault’s Love, Shirley Temple event, all I can say is that it was fun, exciting, exhausting, and very different from any other doll auction I had ever been to. There was a tremendous outpouring of love and nostalgia for … Continue reading

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Prices Continue High at Shirley Temple Auction

The auction continues! Prices are generally high, especially for dolls and toys which have a photo of Shirley with the doll or toy, one of a kind Shirley Temple dolls in costumes made by the studio for Shirley, and of … Continue reading

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Iconic Stand Up and Cheer Dress Brings $75,000

The iconic red and white polka dot dress from Stand Up and Cheer, from the “Baby Take A Bow” star-making number sold for $75,000 against a $20,000 estimate. It was purchased by a museum in California. The Good Ship Lollipop … Continue reading

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Shirley Temple Auction About to Begin!

The Theriault’s Shirley Temple auction is about to begin! Florence Theriault has told me she believes this is the largest attendance ever at a Theriault’s auction!   Stuart Holbrook has given a talk about the museum tour, and all the … Continue reading

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International Media Coverage For Theriault’s Shirley Temple Auction

Out of all the doll stories I’ve covered over the years, I think that Theriault’s Shirley Temple auction has generated the most widespread positive coverage. Media coverage of course followed the exhibit as it traveled around the country to locations including the … Continue reading

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Photo Gallery From Theriault’s Love Shirley Temple Exhibit

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These are just some of the 150 photos I took today at Theriault’s Love, Shirley Temple exhibit today at the Little Theater in Kansas City. The images include Shirley Temple Costumes, dolls, paper ephemera and more. I hope the photos … Continue reading

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UFDC Convention and Theriault’s Love, Shirley Temple Exhibit and Auction in Kansas City this Week!

I’m in Kansas City all week, and will be blogging the Theriault’s Love, Shirley Temple exhibit and auction, and then later in the week, A Dream Come True, the 66th Annual UFDC Convention. Its been awhile since I have been … Continue reading

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Bohnam’s Set’s New World Record For Most Expensive Doll Sold at Auction

This year has been an exciting year for antique doll collectors, with the first dolls ever to break the $300,000 price barrier at auctions. In fact, a new world’s record was just set for the most expensive doll ever sold at auction, … Continue reading

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Why Does The Media Insist on Calling Porcelain Dolls Creepy?

So, evidently some little old lady in Talega, California, left some porcelain dolls on porches as gifts for little girls in her area. This created a media firestorm all the way to the United Kingdom.  “Mystery ‘do-gooder’ causes panic by leaving … Continue reading

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