Stuffable animals, also known as plush toys or stuffed animals, have been a beloved childhood staple for generations. From teddy bears to cats, dogs to monkeys, these cuddly creatures have been a source of comfort, companionship, and joy for children around the world. However, some stuffable animals can be much more than just a simple toy. In fact, some can cost a small fortune. In this article, we’ll explore the most expensive plush toy animals ever sold, and what makes them so valuable.
1. Steiff Louis Vuitton Teddy Bear – $2.1 million
The Steiff Louis Vuitton Teddy Bear is a masterpiece of luxury design. Created in 2000, this stunning bear was produced in collaboration between the famed German toy maker, Steiff, and the iconic French fashion house, Louis Vuitton. Made from the finest materials, including mohair and alpaca fur. A golden Louis Vuitton logo and featuring eyes made from diamonds and sapphires adorn the bear. Steiff Louis Vuitton produced only 500 bears. So, it’s no wonder that one sold at auction in Monaco in 2000 for a staggering $2.1 million.
2. Steiff Teddy Girl – $170,000
Another Steiff creation, the Teddy Girl, is a rare and highly coveted stuffable animal. Produced in 1905, the Teddy Girl is considered one of the earliest examples of the teddy bear design. Made with mohair and stuffed with wood wool, this bear was originally made as a prototype and was never sold to the public. It wasn’t until 2002 that the Teddy Girl was discovered in a collection in Japan and sold at auction for $170,000.
3. Diamond Eyes Teddy Bear – $84,000
As the name suggests, the Diamond Eyes Teddy Bear features eyes made from diamonds, which alone adds significant value to the toy. Created by famed British toy maker, Merrythought, in 1989, this limited edition bear is made from gold mohair and is one of only 25 produced. It was sold at auction in London in 1995 for $84,000.
4. Harrods 150th Anniversary Bear – $34,000
Harrods, the iconic London department store, celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2003 with the release of a special edition bear. They produced only 50 bears made from the finest materials, including cashmere and silk, and featuring a gold-plated “H” pendant. One sold at auction in 2004 for $34,000.
5. Alfonzo Bear – $20,000
The Alfonzo Bear is a creation of renowned British toy maker, Steiff. They made it from the finest mohair and featuring a distinctive design, with a hump on its back and elongated arms and legs. Consequently, the Alfonzo Bear became a highly sought-after item among collectors. Produced in a limited edition of only 200, one sold at auction in 2015 for $20,000.
In conclusion, stuffable animals can be much more than just a simple toy. From the collaboration between Steiff and Louis Vuitton to the limited edition creations of Merrythought and Harrods, these five most expensive stuffable animals ever sold demonstrate the incredible value produced from a truly unique and luxurious item. It is also interesting that the most expensive animals sold were all some version of the classic Teddy bear. Whether you’re a collector or simply a lover of plush toys, these creations are sure to impress and inspire awe.