RESULTS: Steiff - An Important Private Collection

Steiff: An Important Private Collection

South Kensington – Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Sale no: 5035 – Top Three

[All sold prices include buyer’s premium]






Lots Sold:  585

Lots Offered: 655

Sold by Lot: 89%

Sold by £: 94%

Exchange Rate£:= $1.583  /  €1.133






Estimate (£)


Purchase Price



A Steiff Harlequin teddy bear, circa 1925





A Steiff black original teddy, 1953



US Private


A Steiff display fox in fur coat, 1920s


£21,250 $33,639



Comment: Daniel Agnew, Consultant Specialist said:

“The sale of Steiff: An Important Private Collection has been an historical landmark in the collecting world of teddy bears and soft toys – the largest ever - achieving a total of £1,082,356. Today presented an incredible opportunity for Steiff enthusiasts, with more than 220 clients bidding at auction on the most extensive Steiff collection remaining in Private hands.

We welcomed an International audience to Christie’s South Kensington, with collectors travelling to London for the special occasion from all corners of the world. Many collectors arrived before Christie’s doors opened this morning, forming a queue, and bid throughout the marathon sale, which lasted nine and a half hours. A large number of bids were taken over the telephones, and a huge 40% of the sale was bought or directly underbid online via Christie’s LIVE from as far afield as Australia, Japan, Russia, USA and Singapore.

I have been delighted to have had the pleasure of working with such a top quality collection, and am very pleased that almost every item found a new home today.”


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Leonie Ashfield                     020 7752 3121              



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