While most Hummels sell for $50, some are worth several hundred dollars, and rare Hummels can sell for five figures at auction. The finest known examples are covered in chapter 5.
Broken Hummels are valuable not only because they are rare, but also because the pieces fit into the collection like a jigsaw puzzle. Each piece has unique history that can be learned through research papers written about them. An example is the case of "The Lady and the Unicorn" from Germany which sold for $360,000 in 2011. This particular Hummel is broken into three parts: the head, body, and leg. The head is missing its nose, eyes, and part of its mouth. The body has been split in two, with one section remaining on the ground near the head and another half buried under more dirt. The leg is separated at the knee, showing the bone.
Because broken Hummels are so rare, every piece has great historical value. Unfortunately, this also makes them difficult to restore back to perfect condition because there are no other examples to follow. However, because there are such high-quality fragments available, new pieces can be created using 3D printing technology or other methods.
Some of the most rare or complicated Hummels command exorbitant prices, although the typical figure is worth roughly $50. There are rare vintage Hummel figurines or special edition figurines that were created in limited quantities and so have a higher value. Gold figures have a special premium because they are less common than silver-colored ones.
Hummel dolls were first made in Germany in 1898. They are now produced worldwide by several companies including Fabbri Group, Franke AG, and Takara Tomy. The largest producer is probably Fabbri, with its 100-year-old brand name being more popular in Europe than in America. In 2007, Fabbri sold more than 10 million dolls around the world. Each year, it produces about 250,000 new items ranging in price from $5 to $10,000.
There are three basic types of Hummel dolls: people, animals, and toys. People dolls usually come in two versions - male and female. Male dolls tend to be taller and thinner while female dolls are generally shorter and rounder. Toys are small plastic models that can be mounted on a base to make them stand up straight. Animals are usually carved out of wood and painted using multiple colors of paint. They often feature movable arms and legs which help them perform various tricks such as jumping over objects or dancing.
Also, keep in mind! The condition accounts for a sizable portion of the value. In general, well-preserved Hummel figures are worth more than those that are worn or damaged.
In conclusion, old Hummels are worth something, but not necessarily as much as you might think. The condition and type matter quite a bit too. It's also important to note that the value of a Hummel is largely subjective. Some people may love them and want to collect them, while others may not care for them at all.
And as long as the original box is present, the value can only rise.
Goebel was a famous name in Germany during the 19th century. It produced fine quality toys and dolls. In 1917, Goebel began making glass bottles that were sold under various brands including Delight, Royal Crown and Charlie Chaplin. By the late 1980s, all production had ceased except for some small-scale manufacturing done by one company in Taiwan. Today, Goebel products are prized by collectors for their artistic design and high quality materials.
In conclusion, yes, Goebel Hummels are worth something. They are valuable items to collect because they are rare and come with boxes full of memories.