Christie’s will offer two iconic pieces from the Duchess of Windsor’s famous collection later this year.
The Columbia Toy Products Popeye doll is a vintage stuffed toy based on the comic strip character Popeye.
The doll is part of a range of comic strip dolls produced during the 1950s by the Columbia Toy Products company of Kansas City, Missouri. The range was launched in 1949, and appeared for sale in 1950 with nine dolls in the range. These were:
Each of these characters had appeared in a successful comic strip during the 1940s, with many (such as Dagwood, Annie Rooney and the Popeye characters) later portrayed in feature films.
Today the dolls are sought after by collectors, and can sell for hundreds of dollars.
The Columbia Toy Products Comic Strip Popeye doll
The Popeye doll measures approximately 16” tall, and has a stuffed cloth body. It wears an outfit consisting of a red, white and black striped short-sleeved shirt with blue cuffs and turned up collar, blue flared navy trousers, yellow shoes and a white sailor’s hat.
Each of the dolls came in a clear protective case, and had a red, white and black tag labelled ‘Comic Strip Doll’.
How much is a Columbia Toy Products Popeye doll worth?
All of the Columbia comic strip dolls are now highly sought after, with the Popeye doll appearing most often on auction sites.
Most examples are used and worn in condition, and sell for less than $40-$50. However, mint condition or unopened examples still with their original tags can sell for more than $200 on sites such as eBay.
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