Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Historical dolls from Klumpe and Rodan worth a look

One of my Ebay alerts sent me a notice about a Klumpe doll dressed as an Edwardian Gentleman coming up for bid. I have never encountered Klumpe dolls in my collecting experience so I was curious about these dolls. I found the following information in a web search.

"Two companies in Barcelona, Spain, made dolls with felt bodies over wire frames. Klumpe, founded in 1952, made dolls until the mid-1970s. Roldan made dolls from the early 1960s until the mid-'70s. The dolls manufactured by both firms represented professionals, dancers, historical characters and people doing daily tasks, such as walking a dog."

I also checked some completed auctions to get an idea of price. Most of the dolls seem to sell in the $25 - $35. The doll I was particularly interested in was a whimsical Roman Musician. However the vendor set a starting bid at $65 which I think is a bit steep considering some small holes in the sandals, leg and wreath. I noticed there was only 8+ hours left and she had no bidders. I think I'll wait this one out and see if she'll consider less if there are no bidders at the end of the auction.


KartofflMuter said...

That was an Effanbee Klumpe. I have three in that version,from mint to ratty. $65 was a normal price in 2005. Klumpes can go for as much as $400 and up depending how many little extras they have. Don't count on the prices coming down.

Anonymous said...

I have a Rodan doll, he is a Doctor holding a green syringe an a box in the other hand that says Jalea Real on it. He is in near mint condition, can anyone tell me what he is worth..email me back at trailriding4fun@yahoo.com
thank you