An Antiques Roadshow guest was left in disbelief as her collection of creepy dolls was worth thousands of pounds.
Expert Judith Miller discussed the dolls on a recent episode of the BBC One show, as the guest bought the dolls in Belfast to be appraised. The woman didn’t know much about the dolls, but said they were made in 1972.
She explained, “They were produced in 1972 and I believe they only lasted a year.”
Although expert Judith doesn’t like them too personally, she knew they were a massive collector’s item, especially for those in the US who are big doll fans – and would buy them instantly.
“And of course why they only raced for 1972 is in some ways pretty obvious. I think what’s hysterical about them is the massive head, the eyes, and then the little feet,” Judith added.
The guest then explained that there was a “creepy” feature about the dolls that made them less popular with children.
“Little feet absolutely. And of course they don’t stand up. But they have one thing that makes them even more terrifying to most little girls. If you pull that little string. The eyes change color,” said she explained.
The guest then demonstrated this to the expert, who was shocked when the eyes turned from blue to orange.
It was then up to the expert to give her opinion on the value it would bring to the dolls, as well as the different outfits she had with them, some of which were still in their original packaging.
She shared: “What they’ve got going for them, they’re in absolutely great condition. You’ve got the box set and they’re rare – they’ve gone massive mostly in the US. So let’s talk a little about value.
“I think in today’s market you should definitely be looking at £300 for the outfit and £1000 for the doll.
Judith then revealed to the guest that the collection could be worth up to £5,000, as she picked up one of the doll’s outfits and added: “I still laugh that in the 70s I’m a little horrified too, that I was wearing an outfit like this.”