Vintage Mannequins are dolls used by shopkeepers, designers and artists for a variety of purposes including (most traditionally) displaying clothing.
Brief history and description
Mannequins can also be used by clothing designers to fit clothes to a replica of a human body, and by artists to correctly paint or sketch the human form, as well as having additional functions as an aid to the emergency services, most notably in first aid teaching.
Mannequins date from the 15th century, and originate from archaic dress-forms.
Guide for collectors
Vintage mannequins have been seen to sell for high prices at auction.
They can be found at major mainstream auction houses as well as appearing regularly at specialist auctioneers. They are also widely available at online live auctions such as eBay, where prospective collectors may find low start prices and great bargains.
As with all online purchases however, collectors are advised to adequately assess the authenticity and quality of a prospective purchase before bidding, so as to avoid disappointment.
Websites such as Mannequins-Collector feature regularly updated eBay listings as well as information on this specialist collectable and a high quality image gallery.
Amongst the highest prices paid for such a piece is $4,000, for a set of seven vintage female mannequins in varying sizes, dressed in a selection of attire, which auctioned from Pook & Pook on 9th September 2005.
Clothed vintage mannequins have a tendency to reach higher auction prices than unclothed varieties, as evidenced by the sale of a vintage male golfer mannequin in clothing, which auctioned from Rich Penn Auctions on 21st March 2009 for $1,300.
Amongst the lowest prices attained at auction for a vintage mannequin is just $14, for a lot comprised of two; a clown and a Santa figure, which both stand at approximately 30” tall. The mannequins were sold from Belhorn Auction Services, LLC on 27th January 2007.
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