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Chubby Queen Elizabeth To Be Auctioned Off

A rare doll of the Queen that her mother reportedly disapproved of because it made her look "too chubby" is to be auctioned.

The Princess Elizabeth doll has its original tag and is wearing the dress it came with

The Princess Elizabeth toy by German makers Schoenau & Hoffmeister, with its original tag, is being sold as part of a collection of about 500 dolls.

The owner of the dolls, Betty Fox from Nottinghamshire, died in 2019 aged 95.

Daniel Agnew, from Special Auction Services, said the collection is worth between £40,000 and £60,000.

The collection of mainly German and French bisque - unglazed porcelain - dolls was gathered by the mother-of-four during her lifetime.

The Princess Elizabeth has been valued at £500 to £800.

Mr Agnew said as the doll did not receive royal approval, it was not a big seller.

He said: "It was taken from a well-known photograph of the Queen."

A rare Phénix Star bébé doll has been valued at £2,000 to £3,000

Mr Agnew added that Mrs Fox's sons told him that in the 1960s she would put advertisements in the local paper asking people for dolls, which she would pay £5 for.

"It is a really lovely collection - I have never had a collection this big before."

The doll expected to fetch the most is a rare Phénix Star bébé, which has been valued at £2,000 to £3,000.

The collection will be sold as part of a three-day online auction from Monday to Wednesday.

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