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Theriault’s  Auctions in Annapolis, Maryland sold a French Art Doll for $263,000, including buyer’s premium, on 14 July 09. It shattered the previous record of $215k for a similar model in 2003. The rare doll was sculpted by artist Albert Marque.

“Founded in 1970, Theriault’s is the largest auction house in the world dealing exclusively in antique dolls, toys, and teddy bears. Conducting over 30 live auctions annually in 20 U.S. cities they cater to an international clientele of collectors for what is considered to be one of the top 5 most popular collectibles categories.” RE: PRNewswire.