Shirley Temple Black

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Shirley Temple Black

Shirley Temple Black (4/23/28 - 2/10/14) has led a quiet press-free life over the past decade or two, which was probably a relief to her after being in the glare of the spotlight for so much of her early years.

Her debut into the American scene during the midst of the depression brought joy and happiness to those who were able to watch her movies. I don't even remember the plot of the movie, but every time I hear about her, The Good Ship Lollipop song goes running through my head and I start humming. Like I am right now. 

 

Some of the most popular collectibles for Shirley Temple are, of course, the dolls. The picture above actually shows Shirley's own collection pictured in 1944. The dolls were not only created during the heyday of her movies, but every decade in the 20th century. 

According to the Official Price Guide to Dolls by former About Guide Denise Van Patten, Shirley Temple dolls can be considered the starting point for the cult of celebrity that developed in the 20th century. Shirley Temple hit the market in 1934, and no celebrity dolls before or since have captured the imagination of the doll-buying public in the same way.

Take a look at some recent prices for Shirley Temple dolls and collectibles over the next few pages.

Next >>> Shirley Temple Heidi Doll

Shirley Temple Heidi Doll

 Shirley Temple is portrayed as Heidi in the doll by Ideal. Doll came in window box (not shown) that had quite a bit of wear with some tears.
  • Circa: 1961
  • Condition: Doll/Excellent
  • Auction Date: July 2013
  • Auctioneer: Hakes Americana and Collectibles
  • Auction Link
  • Pre-Auction Estimate: $100-$200.
  • Auction Price: $115.*

 

*Includes Buyers Premium of 15%

Next >>> Button and Mirror

Shirley Temple Button and Mirror

 The auction lot consisted of the button shown above and a pocket mirror with Shirley's image on the backside. These pieces would have been produced several years after  Shirley's movie career started.
  • Circa: 1935
  • Condition: NM
  • Auction Date: March 2013
  • Auctioneer: Hakes Americana and Collectibles
  • Auction Link
  • Pre-auction Estimate: $75. - $200.
  • Auction Price: $74.75*

 

*Includes Buyer Premium of 15%

Next >>> Shirley Temple Pen Set

Shirley Temple Pen Set

A set that someone took care of over the years, still in box and complete.
  • Circa: 1930s
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Auction Date: March 2013
  • Auctioneer: Hakes Americana and Collectibles
  • Auction Link
  • Pre-auction Estimate: $100. - $200.
  • Auction Price: $115.*

 

*Includes15% Buyers Premium

Next >>> Unauthorized Sand Pail

Shirley Temple Pail with Mickey Mouse and Betty Boop

 Even in the 1930s unauthorized items were a problem, as seen in this small (3.5") sand pail showcasing some very popular stars of the time. 

The pails shows the adventures of Mickey Mouse and Betty Boop in a rowboat. The large image of the girl on the pail has a very strong resemblance to Shirley Temple.
  • Circa: 1930s
  • Condition: VG with oxidation and paint loss
  • Auction Date: November 2012
  • Auctioneer: Hakes Americana and Collectibles


  • Auction Link
  • Pre-auction Estimate: $700. - $1000.
  • Auction Price: $948.75*

Next >>>  Reverse side with  Mickey Mouse and Betty Boop.

 Reserve side of Sand pail with unauthorized Shirley Temple likeness as seen in previous slide.

 

Next >>>Baby Takes a Bow Doll

Some lucky little girl in the thirties must have been delighted to get this 18" Shirley Temple doll.

The doll has the original wig and outfit, but shoes have been replaced. 
  • Circa: 1930s
  • Condition: VF/Excellent
  • Auction Date: November 2012
  • Marked: 18 Shirley Temple Cop Ideal N-TC
  • Auctioneer: Hakes Americana and Collectibles
  • Auction Link
  • Pre-auction Estimate: $200. - $400.
  • Auction Price: $287.50*

 

Also see: More Shirley Temple Prices

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