Steiff ‘Teddy Girl’ bear
Steiff ‘Teddy Girl’ bear is a vintage cinnamon 1904 teddy bear manufactured by Steiff. It is currently the most expensive teddy bear ever sold. The teddy bear has thick, curly mohair, black boot button eyes, a pronounced clipped snout, black stitched nose, mouth and claws, swivel head, elongated jointed shaped limbs, shaped paws, large ‘spoon’ shaped feet and hump. It is 18 inches tall.
Steiff are a German teddy bear manufacturer founded by Margarete Steiff in the 19th century.
Margarete Steiff’s nephew, Richard Steiff designed “Bear 55PB”in 1902, the world’s first toy bear with jointed arms and legs.
In 1903, Margarete allowed Richard to present the bear at the Leipzig Toy Fair. An American businessman saw the bear and placed an order for 3,000.
From 1906 onwards, the bear sold under the name “Teddy bear” after US president Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt.
The most expensive teddy bear ever sold at auction is the Steiff 1904 ‘Teddy Girl’ bear. It was sold at Christies in 1994 to Yoshihiro Sekiguchi, owner of the Izu Teddy Bear Museum in Japan, for £110,000.
The bear was originally bought in 1904 for Colonel Robert “Bob” Henderson on the day that he was born.
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