The bear truth: The humble teddy could be worth more than you think


Don’t pass by teddy bears the next time you’re at a swapmeet: they can be worth an awful lot, if you know what you’re looking at.

Don’t pass by teddy bears the next time you’re at a swapmeet: they can be worth an awful lot, if you know what you’re looking at.

At the August Vectis Dolls and Teddy sale, a Charlie Bears Chocolate Pudding teddy bear, from The Isabelle Collection (designed by Isabelle Lee), in dark and mid chocolate alpaca, with swing label certificate was complete with its carry bag. A mint bear, some 13.5"/34cm high, it was estimated at £120 but realised a hefty £408.

Another of the Charlie Bears was the Symphony panda bear, apparently a show special and only available to stockists who attended the NEC show in February 2009. Again designed by Isabelle Lee, this one boasted cream, pale blue, mauve and blonde mohair. Nearly mint and 30cm high, it sold for a remarkable £696. 

A companion in the shape of a Misty teddy bear from the same designer, in white and blue mohair, was bid all the way to £624 but the star lot had to be the Poem panda bear: fetching in pale blonde, black, grey, golden, dark brown and apricot mohair, it came with certificate and carry bag. A big ursine this (38cm high), it commanded a big price: £1,440 was the final bid.