Anyone assuming they’ve seen the last of the great early collections of toys, trains and dolls may have to readjust their thinking September 10-12 when Morphy’s presents at auction a long-held trove amassed by the late Katie and Paul Hedburn.
The Chicago couple began their collecting journey around 55 years ago, before there were specialty shows for dolls and toys, and certainly long before the internet.
“If the Hedburns had a motto, it was to buy and keep on buying, but never sell,” said Jay Lowe, head of Morphy’s Doll division. “Most of the dolls int heri collection were purchased in the 1960s and 70s from dealers who set up at general antique shows around Chicago. That was a time when obscure dolls could still turn up on a dealer’s table.