Collectible Himstedt Dolls
Collectible Himstedt dolls were designed and created by the professional doll artist Annette Himstedt, who many doll collectors consider to be one of the top doll artists of our era.
Brief history and description
The dolls are each styled after various nationalities and given individual names. Some of the many collectible dolls include the Russian doll "Madina," the African doll "Ayoka," the Norwegian doll "Skille," the Mexican doll "Panchita," the Japanese doll "Makimura" and many more.
During her career, Himstedt won numerous awards for her doll creations, such as the "DOTY Industry Choice Award - Doll of the Year 2002" for her "Medi," "Trudi," "Sofi" and "Siri" dolls.
Guide for collectors
Only 90 original "Lasse" dolls are known to exist, and autographed dolls are highly sought after among collectors. Although the majority of the dolls are female, male dolls are not as common but generally sell for lower prices at auctions.
Original articles of clothing and accessories drive up the value of the doll, and because of this replacing any original items (such as pantaloons, hats or dresses) is not recommended.
Dollery.com and the Himstedt Heaven website both have information regarding the value of certain dolls, and Himstedt-Dolls also has an online shop for collectors.
Affiliated Auctions in Tallahassee, Florida sold an original "Lasse" doll which was also signed by Himstedt for $850 in May of 2008, and the same "Lasse" doll was also sold for $1,000 in March of 2008.
Frasher's Doll Auction in Oak Grove, Missouri sold a Russian "Madina" doll for $275 in January of 2012.
Auctions Neapolitan in Naples, Florida sold a male "Timi" doll for $80 in August of 2003, and another "Timi" doll for $90 in June of 2003.
Richard Opfer Auctioneering, Inc. in Timonium, Maryland old a "Lottchen" doll with its possible original dress and pantaloons for $9 in October of 2006.