Love, Shirley Temple: Costumes, Dolls, Memorabilia
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Lot # 1 (Sale Order: 1 of 581)
16" (41 cm.) All-cloth doll with flat-dimensional face, black shoe button eyes, one-stroke tapered brows, five lashes below each eye, blush spots on cheeks, smiling painted mouth with red center, brown worsted hair, stitch-jointed body with sewn-on red and white striped stockings, black sewn-on shoes, original cotton print dress, pants, and pinafore apron, and presented in a wooden chair used by Shirley when playing with the doll. The doll is in good, yet well-loved, condition with fading of costume and some light spotting. The doll was one of Shirley's earliest dolls, and remained one of her favorites throughout her childhood. In her 1945 book, My Young Life, she spoke of this doll, "There's my own pet favorite, Raggedy Ann, that I played with for years, who's been washed about a million times". Included are two early photographs of Shirley playing with this doll. American, Volland, from Raggedy Ann illustrations of Johnny Gruelle, circa 1930. Also see #190, a collection of nine Raggedy Ann books gifted to Shirley by Johnny Gruelle with delightful personalized inscriptions
Lot # 2 (Sale Order: 2 of 581)
9" (23 cm.) All composition with sculpted painted hair and blue side-glancing eyes, "O"-shaped tiny mouth, jointing at throat, shoulders and bent baby legs, wearing original organdy baby dress with faint polka dots and matching pillow. Generally excellent. American, circa 1930. The doll was one of Shirley's very first dolls, named "Mary Lou" by her, and a favorite. Included is a vintage large format photograph of young Shirley holding the doll (the photograph labeled "portrait by G. Edwin Williams", noted portrait photographer of Los Angeles from 1913 on) along with another stock studio photograph of Shirley in playsuit with the doll.
Lot # 3 (Sale Order: 3 of 581)
The beautifully preserved infant's costume comprises a fine cream organza baby gown with matching underslip, each trimmed with fine lace, and the gown with a fitted lace-edged yoke and silk rosette with streamers. With matching ivory silk satin baby coat having rows of ruching at the yoke and sleeve bands, and all-around lace edging. Matching the baby coat is a bonnet with ruching and lace ruffles, and a pair of baby slippers. The coat and gown have the cloth label of "Bullock's Wilshire". Circa 1928.
Lot # 4 (Sale Order: 4 of 581)
12" (30 cm.) x 9". The official Santa Monica Hospital, Inc. birth certificate (decorated with a photograph of the hospital including three 1920s-era autos parked in front) "certifies that Shirley Temple was born at the Santa Monica Hospital of Santa Monica, Calif. at 9:00 p.m. on the 23rd day of April A.D. 1928". The certificate has the embossed seal of the hospital, and ink signatures of Leo J. Madsen M.D and W.S. Martensen, Superintendent.
Lot # 5 (Sale Order: 5 of 581)
4 1/2" (11 cm.) shoe. 5" diam. images. Shirley Temple's first baby shoe, with open flap, and including bronzed lace (and having a tiny celluloid doll hidden inside). Along with a pair of celluloid-on-tin photographs of baby Shirley, in one holding a rattle and wearing a pair of baby shoes that appear similar to this bronzed shoe and with a six-photograph panel of Baby Shirley in playyard. Circa 1929.
Lot # 6 (Sale Order: 6 of 581)
15" (38 cm.) Felt flat-dimensional face, embroidered features, black shoe button eyes, tinted cheek blush and brown yarn hair, muslin torso and limbs, felt hands, and wearing original felt costume of rich pink and yellow. The doll is preserved in very fine condition with vibrant colors. Made by Volland, circa 1931, depicting a figure from the Raggedy Ann series, Raggedy Ann in the Deep Deep Woods (see #190, nine Raggedy Ann inscribed books from Johnny Gruelle to Shirley, of which one is this book). The doll is shown in the doll collection photograph, Appendix B, on the upper left shelf.
Lot # 7 (Sale Order: 7 of 581)
37" (94 cm.) Pressed felt head with elongated throat, painted blue side-glancing eyes with white eye dots, extravagantly painted lashes, rose eye shadow, cheek blush, feathered brows, accented nostrils, closed mouth, little pointed chin, and soft blonde mohair ringlet curls. Her elongated body has long slender limbs jointed at shoulders and hips, and the doll is wearing her original ruffled gown with scalloped felt edging, long matching pantaloons, stockings, pink felt slippers and an exuberant matching sunbonnet with ruffled brim and a coronet of felt flowers. There is an added white beaded necklace which appears in original photographs. Two studio photographs of Shirley with "Pinkie" are included. The doll is in very fine original condition, as is her wig; the costume is original albeit some mending on the gown. Lenci, Italy, from the 170 series which was introduced by the firm in 1928. Although Shirley Temple had her own early childhood family dolls, it was "Pinkie" that began the avalanche of dolls gifted to her from all over the world.The doll was featured in the story line of the 1934 film "Bright Eyes" in a scene with Shirley Temple and Jane Withers. Shirley Temple wrote about this in her 1988 autobiography Child Star. "For props we were each issued a doll, mine modest and frumpy, befitting my role, and hers a giant glorious Lenci from Italy with dangling blond curls and exquisitely costumed in ruffles and a velvet bonnet garlanded with lifelike flowers." Both of the young stars loved the Lenci doll and yearned to own it, not only in the film, but also in real life. Toward the end of filming "Bright Eyes", Winfield Sheehan, vice-president of Fox, learned of the doll competition and offered the Lenci doll to Shirley, "publicly announcing that I was starting a doll collection with the Lenci as my first. From all over the box-office world a thousand dolls of every type and nationality flooded in." (Child Star, 1988).
Lot # 8 (Sale Order: 8 of 581)
13" (33 cm.) All composition with socket head, hazel sleep eyes, impressed dimples, lashes, open mouth with smiling expression, four teeth, mohair blonde ringlet-curled wig, jointing at neck, shoulders and hips. The doll is wearing her original crisp organdy pleated dress with blue polka dots and ruffled collar, trimmed with blue sash, wrist ribbons, and hair bow, one-piece undergarment, socks and shoes, and with celluloid pin. The dress has original cloth label. The doll has been wonderfully preserved, the hair and costume impeccable, the composition with few faintly visible age lines yet with fine lustrous glow. American, Ideal Toy and Novelty, circa 1936. Included with the doll is a photograph of Shirley seated with Morris Michtom, the founder of the Ideal Toy and Novelty Co. which produced the licensed Shirley Temple dolls. The photograph is inscribed by him, "with love and admiration, Morris Michtom".
Lot # 9 (Sale Order: 9 of 581)
14" (36 cm.) x 11". The delicately colored gouache depicts a smiling Shirley Temple leaning forward as she sprinkles flowers with the watering can held in her arms. On heavy stock with Strathmore paper watermark, and bearing the autographed inscription, "The only actress who sits on my lap. G.S. Yorke". Excellent condition, framed under glass. G.S. Yorke was the advertising manager of Fox in New York at this time, and either commissioned or painted this charming painting which was inspired by a similar publicity photograph of Shirley. The publicity photo (included with this lot) was distributed by Fox in 1934 to national print media along with the tagline, "What flower would be so contrary as not to grow for adorable Shirley Temple?" The image appeared in dozens of journals including the New York Times Pictorial, the Boston Post, and the Paris Beauty View throughout 1934.
Lot # 10 (Sale Order: 10 of 581)
21". All-composition doll of "Scootles" from the illustrations of Rose O'Neill having sculpted short curly hair, painted facial features, blue side-glancing eyes, painted upper lashes, dash brows, rounded nose, closed mouth with well-defined impressed dimples in cheeks and chin, jointing at neck, shoulders, and legs, very chubby tummy and legs, "starfish"-shaped hands, and wearing original blue and white checkered playsuit with original cloth label "Scootles, copyright by Rose O'Neill, mfg. by Cameo Doll Co, shoes and socks. The doll is wonderfully preserved and unplayed with. Cameo, circa 1938, very rare large size of their production, with charmingly similar forelock curls and cheek dimples to those of Shirley. Included is a vintage photograph of Shirley Temple holding Scootles; the photograph appeared as a cover of a magazine supplement in 1938 in conjunction with promotion for her new 1938 film "Just Around the Corner".
Lot # 11 (Sale Order: 11 of 581)
13" (33 cm.) Amber-tinted bisque socket head, small brown glass sleep eyes, painted features with black feathered brows, two porcelain upper teeth, open mouth, original black human hair queue, amber-tinted composition baby body. The doll is wearing its original Chinese costume with elaborate silk appliques and borders, including slippers and pom-pom trimmed headdress. The doll is marked F made in Germany 10 243 JDK, made in Germany, circa 1912, and preserved in impeccable condition. Included with the doll is a photograph of Shirley Temple on her family Hawaiian trip of 1935 alongside this doll and her ever-favorite traveling companion, "Jimmy" (see #300), and wearing a distinctive blue dress (see #299). Shirley, Jimmy and the blue dress are seen in numerous newspaper reports of the Hawaiian visit in which, it was reported, more than 20,000 people thronged the seaport to welcome Shirley, and in which she was named "Hawaii's Adopted Sweetheart", and bestowed with hundreds of doll gifts, of which this is one example. As the doll was 25 years old at the time of its gifting to Shirley Temple, it was likely a cherished heirloom of a Chinese-Hawaiian family, bestowed with great honor on the young actress.
Lot # 12 (Sale Order: 12 of 581)
8 1/2" (22 cm.) x 5 1/2" sketch. 17" x 13" framed. Watercolor on paper board depicts three colorful multi-petal flowers set in a lavender pot that is decorated with a design of a bird on a branch. Signed Shirley Temple in child handwriting, with ivory faille matte and wooden frame. Circa 1935.
Lot # 13 (Sale Order: 13 of 581)
18" (46 cm.) Pressed felt head, amber-tinted complexion with blushed cheeks, dramatically side-slanted painted brown eyes with rich black eyeliner and lashes, defined brows, black curved brows, painted nostrils, closed mouth with richly painted lips, black mohair stitched-on wig with queue, on composition body with jointing at shoulders and hips. The doll is wearing a rich Chinese costume with embroidered flowers and butterflies, comprising tunic, pants, slippers, and cap. Head by Lenci, a rare variation of their model 110, uniquely mounted on composition body at the time of Shirley's childhood, circa 1936. Excellent condition. Included with the doll is a vintage photograph of Shirley holding the doll in a Christmas scene from a "Stowaway" set, along with her stand-in (the identical photograph appeared in the June 1938 issue of Modern Screen). In the final scene of "Stowaway" featuring Shirley singing "That's What I Want for Christmas", the doll faintly appears in the right corner of the screen.
Lot # 14 (Sale Order: 14 of 581)
20" (51 cm.) All-cloth doll with flat-dimensional brown-complexioned face stitched to red and white checkered head form and body, stitch-jointed arms and legs, hand-painted brown eyes with black eyeliner and upper lashes, wide smiling mouth, black yarn hair, and wearing original blue checkered skirt with white apron and shawl, red bandana. The doll has original paper label "Art in Cloth Dolls, An Original Georgene Novelty". Excellent fresh condition. Mid-1930s. Although unverified, it is likely the doll was gifted to Shirley Temple about 1935, inspired by the role of Hattie McDaniel as Mom Beck in "The Little Colonel" film of that year.
Lot # 15 (Sale Order: 15 of 581)
15" (38 cm.) Of brown and white checkered cotton fabric, the well-constructed commercial toy baby elephant has curled trunk, stitched-on tusks, brown button eyes, floppy ears, stitch-jointed arms and legs and wears its original ruffled collar and brown playsuit with beige pockets. Excellent condition. American, mid-1930s. Included with the elephant is a vintage photograph in which the toy elephant is seen, along with another doll (#183 this book), a large bear (#532 this book), Raggedy Andy (#189 this book), Shirley's typewriter (#38 this book), and Shirley's dress (#201 this book).
Lot # 16 (Sale Order: 16 of 581)
27" (69 cm.) Each has applied mask composition (celluloid?) face with painted features except large round disc googly eyes that flirt back and forth, including brown-complexioned girl with black mohair braids, brown muslin chubby softly stuffed body, sewn-on red and white checkered shoes to match her original pinafore dress and wide-brimmed sunbonnet that is decorated with vibrant felt flowers, with original Lenci silver foil and cloth tags, penciled Fay (or Kay) on the reverse of paper tag. And boy with glued-on black felt wig under an oversized black and white felt brimmed cap, softly stuffed felt body with hip jointing, wearing original red checkered shirt to match the girl's costume, black felt pants with patches and green suspenders, blue felt tie with black polka dots, felt-edged hankie, and carrying a nosegay of purple felt violets, with original cloth and silver foil labels, and with original parchment label "Cichin" with drawing of boy in an apple tree. In the photograph of her doll collection appearing in the 1945 book My Young Life. The dolls are shown against the back wall in photograph Appendix D. Excellent condition. Lenci, Italy, mid/late 1930s.
Lot # 17 (Sale Order: 17 of 581)
19" (48 cm.) Felt swivel head with pressed and painted facial features, brown glass "flirting" googly eyes, long curly lashes, arched short brows, "O"-shaped mouth, black mohair wig captured in felt-enclosed cap at her crown, felt body with jointing at shoulders and hips, with silver foil tag, cloth tag, and paper label indicating the doll name "Fobello". The doll is wearing original vibrant folklore costume comprising white blouse, red felt skirt, black apron with colorful wool embroidered to match her embroidered boots, pom-poms and ribbons. Excellent condition. Italian, Lenci, circa 1935. In the photograph of her doll collection, Appendix D, the doll is shown on the bottom front shelf.
Lot # 18 (Sale Order: 18 of 581)
9" (23 cm.) Each has felt head with pressed and painted facial features, large "O"-shaped side-glancing eyes, bow-shaped mouth, one with blonde mohair curls wearing original Dutch costume with elaborate appliques, and carrying a wooden potted felt flower; the other with auburn mohair wig under colorful bandana, wearing burgundy felt dress with applique polka dots and carrying little wooden pig, each with original Lenci silver foil and cloth labels, one numbered 19, the other 22. Excellent condition with slight fading. Italian, Lenci, mid-1930s.
Italian Felt Scottish Girl with Glass Googly Eyes by Lenci, Shirley Temple's Childhood Artwork $1400
Lot # 19 (Sale Order: 19 of 581)
19" (48 cm.) Felt swivel head with pressed and painted facial features, inset glass flirty googly eyes, painted lashes, "O"-shaped mouth, long blonde mohair braided wig, jointing at shoulders and hips, and wearing original Scottish costume comprising long brown fitted coat, skirt with crossed applique strips to suggest plaid design, and Scottish tam, with original cloth and silver foil tags. Lenci, Italian, mid-1930s. Excellent condition. The doll was a favorite of young Shirley, serving as a model for her artwork; included is a wood block on which Shirley has drawn this favored doll, with coloring detail, and signed by her. The doll appears in the photograph of Shirley's doll collection, Appendix E.
Lot # 20 (Sale Order: 20 of 581)
20" (51 cm.) Of lustrous dark brown velvety mohair, the swivel-head teddy bear has amber glass eyes, jointing at shoulders and hips, felt paw pads, red bow ribbon at the neck, and is in wonderfully preserved condition. Circa 1934. The teddy bear appears in the castor oil scene of "Now and Forever", a present from Daddy (Gary Cooper) to Penny Day (Shirley) who names the bear "Grumpy". After Daddy leaves the room, she confides to Grumpy that "I'm too old to have a bear" (see vintage photograph which is included with the bear). Pivotal to the film, "Grumpy" again appears as the hiding place for the stolen necklace.
Lot # 21 (Sale Order: 21 of 581)
16" (41 cm.) doll. 16" monkey. Including baby doll having composition head with sculpted curls, blue sleep eyes, lashes, open mouth, deeply impressed dimples, smiling expression, muslin torso and upper limbs, composition lower limbs, in original baby costume with matching bonnet, unmarked. American, circa 1930. Along with a felt-faced toy monkey with lush mohair body and long extended tail, brown glass eyes, felt paws. Germany, attributed to Steiff, circa 1930. Both excellent condition. Included is a vintage photograph of young Shirley alongside these two favored toys; the monkey appears in a number of publicity photographs of the young actress.
Lot # 22 (Sale Order: 22 of 581)
27" (69 cm.) Composition socket head, hazel sleep and "flirting" eyes, human hair lashes, open mouth, row of teeth, deeply impressed cheek dimples, mohair blonde wig in original ringlet-curled coiffure. The doll is wearing the red polka dot dress from Shirley's performance in the 1934 firm "Stand Up and Cheer", including dress with red sash and trim, panties/slip combination, socks and silver buckle shoes; the dress having the woven NRA (National Recovery Act) label. The early model of the beloved doll is in impeccable condition with softest curls, fine patina of blush, and large rare size. American, Ideal, circa 1934. Included is a photograph of Shirley holding a smaller model of her doll in the "Stand Up and Cheer" costume.
Lot # 23 (Sale Order: 23 of 581)
Of crisp organdy printed with large red polka dots, the puff sleeve dress is edged with red ribbon, has a double layer skirt with wavy-shaped hem, and is underlaid with a triple layer of petticoats, each layer with multiple rows of ruffles. A red sash and bow is at the waist, and lace-edged satin panties are included. Generally excellent condition. Included with the dress is a framed 11" x 14" vintage photograph of Shirley wearing the dress, with her childhood autograph in green ink "Love Shirley Temple". This dress was worn by Shirley Temple in her 1934 iconic break-out performance "Baby Take a Bow" in the Fox film "Stand Up and Cheer". It was in this film that the young star, despite not having a leading performance role, became an overnight sensation.
Lot # 23.1 (Sale Order: 24 of 581)
The song, titled "Baby Take A Bow", written by Jay Gorney, featured Shirley Temple singing the counterpoint verse urging "Daddy Take a Bow". In Shirley Temple's 1988 autobiography, Child Star, she relates that she was coached at home by her mother prior to her next-day performances. Included are study notes of her part of the "Baby Take a Bow" lyrics, along with actual hand-written music sheet and lyrics of that part, that were used by the young performer in preparing for her break-out performance.
Lot # 24 (Sale Order: 25 of 581)
Of a coral-rose wool, the coat has an unusual marble button and loop closure, cuffed sleeves, embroidery detail, and a stand-up collar with attached scarf having foxtail tips. Along with a matching cloche with foxtail tips trim. The coat has the label of "DeBetty Alden Shoppe Los Angeles". Generally excellent. The coat and hat were worn by Shirley Temple in the 1934 film "Bright Eyes".