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June 24, 2011 - Filed under: Antiques News — Harriet

Kathy Libraty, aged 52 from Brooklyn, New York has had to move into a larger home to accommodate her collection of antique dolls worth a massive £1.23 million. Kathy and her family live in a house which is packed with her collection of over 1000 dolls from all over the world. Her husband, Frank has forbidden her from buying any more dolls, but she smuggles them in unseen.

Kathy’s obsession with antique dolls started around 25 years ago when the couple drove by a house which was discarding antiques. After asking if they could keep anything that they liked, the couple found a box which contained some old dolls and doll clothes. Kathy rescued the dolls, taking them home and renovating them. Despite the obvious overcrowding issue at the family home, her husband and daughter Elisa help to organise and repair the dolls.

The extensive collection of antique dolls comes from all over the world, with dolls from Germany, the Far East and France. They range in value from 60 pence to £30,000 with some being over 170 years old. The collection includes Henry VIII and his wives, voodoo dolls and dolls which were used to smuggle opium in the 1880’s. Some of the dolls are kept as treasured favourites, and others are auctioned on her website after extensive restoration. Although dolls are extremely collectible, many residents in the Lancashire area may prefer to invest in practical antiques like Victorian dining chairs , which would enhance the appearance of any home.

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