Bru Jne Doll, ca. 1880
Appraised Value: $12,000 - $15,000 (2014)
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Appraisal Video: (0:55)
GUEST: Well, she belonged to my grandmother, who was raised in New Orleans, Louisiana.
APPRAISER: Well, this is a French doll. This doll was made by the Bru Company. And the epitome of doll collecting is to own a Bru.
GUEST: Oh, really?
APPRAISER: The head is from a mold. It was made about 1880. She has the bisque arms, and the shoes that she's wearing, which have disintegrated, would have said "Bru Jeune" on the bottom. The one problem with the doll is that she has a hairline crack from her eye down to her cheek, which, in doll collecting, does diminish the value a lot.
GUEST: Well, she's been through two earthquakes.
APPRAISER: Well, that'll do it. (both laughing) But, even with her hairline, in a retail setting, she'd be worth between $12,000 and $15,000.
GUEST: Wow. Well, I didn't... yeah, wow. (laughing)
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