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Hi, I’m Daniel Lazar and I will talk with you about Madame Alexander Dolls.As dedicated doll collectors already know, Madame Alexander Dolls is a popular American brand for toys and collectibles. Several generations of kids grew up playing with these hand-made dolls which are crafted with skill and attention to detail – qualities that were recognized with several industry awards over the years.The company was established way back in 1923 by Madame Beatrice Alexander Behrman, a woman brave enough to follow her own impulses wherever they took her. In her case, that meant designing eye-catching dolls that were desired by children and secretly adored by the adults. The first product released was a doll based on Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” and for the next 85+ years , Alexander Doll Company never ran out of inspiration. Brilliant ideas and spotless execution are the trademarks of Madame Alexander Dolls that the customers have grown accustomed to.Many collectors of Madame Alexander Dolls items are organized into clubs, which can be found either locally or on the internet. Some people prefer to shop for new dolls, but others focus their attention on vintage toys and are willing to pay up to $1500 depending on the year of manufacturing and condition of the doll. Dolls are most commonly purchased in specialized stores, antique shops, at doll trade shows and of course on eBay, with a huge number of variations available to choose from.Take this sensational set from "The Sound of Music" as an example. It comprises dolls of various sizes, including Maria, 17 inches, Liesl, 14 inches, Marta, 11 inches, Gretl, 11 inches, Louisa, 14 inches, Brigitta, 14 inches, Friedrich, 11 inches, all of which are made from vinyl in the period from 1965-70 with prices anywhere between $200 and $500. Another good investment could be a set of limited edition dolls like Portrette Cissettes, Diamond Lil, 1993 (limited edition of 876 for Madame Alexander Doll Club convention); Melinda, 1968; Agatha, 1968; Cameo Lady, 1991 (limited edition of 1,000 for Collectors United in Georgia), each 10 inches tall and made of hard plastic, worth from $100 to $ 350 apiece.If you are not yet familiar with the fabulous world of Madame Alexander Dolls collectible items, you are in for quite a discovery. Dolls made by Alexander Doll Company use modern materials and portray present-time characters, but there is something old-school and uncompromising about them that will take you by surprise. It is safe to say that vision of Madame Alexander still lives through her creations. Thank you for watching About.com
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