2003 BETTE is one of the most beautiful faces Annette Himstedt created! She is a sweet toddler girl with such an innocent and beautiful expression that looks real. She is 36" tall and is all original, her Certificate of Authenticity (COA), original doll factory brochure, wrappings, box, shipper box and outfit. She was purchased and taken out of box by our late mother, displayed in her doll room just for 3 months when Mom died. We have sold many of her Himstedt collection thru the years and this is one of the last ones. BETTE is made of high quality jointed vinyl arms, legs, head and of a sturdy cloth body that lets her pose in an infinite ways, she can even embrace you! She had blond straight human hair and real eyelashes. Her eyes were made of hand blown glass in a gorgeous blue color. She came with braids, but Mom wanted to see how long was her hair and put a little knot on the top with a small pink flower. We have let her stayed that way, as she was boxed and stored as all her dolls in a safe and air conditioning room. BETTE is in excellent like new condition!
Annette Himstedt closed her production years ago and these famous and treasured dolls are not made any more. This BETTE is # 271 of a production of only 277 dolls for the whole doll collecting world! Each Annette Himstedt Doll have become a little investment...
***DOLL STAND IS NOT INCLUDED, if you want it, please let us know before you pay so we could make a new invoice that includes the stand, which is $45.00 extra.
The letter that Annette posted to her collectors on her web site explaining her decision to close her doll factory said, in part:
"Over the years you have lived through many changes with me, which generally tended to have a very positive outcome. This time I unfortunately only have very sad news for you.
In 1986 I introduced my very first vinyl collection. Now – 23 years later – I will close my manufactory towards the end of the year 2008...
Through the years I've gone through a lot of changes, partly deliberate, partly because I had to. The world of dolls is constantly changing, for which I'm in part responsible. To get better, to work more elaborately and to achieve higher quality standards, has made collectors and retailers alike more and more demanding as a result. The dolls became more and more expensive in the making, due to the material and wig costs on the one hand and the need to employ more and more members of staff on the other. In the last few years I employed between 50 and 80 members of full time staff.
In addition people's financial situation has got more difficult in the last two years. Economic problems the world over, rising energy costs, and more recently the credit crunch, the crashing property market and many other factors have contributed towards people becoming less inclined to spend their money as easily as they could in the years before. Times got harder and the unfavorable US exchange has not helped the situation.
For the five years between 2003 and 2007 we have unfortunately experienced very big losses as a result of this. Because we have compensated for the bad exchange rate by charging a much lower rate to our American collectors. But because the dollar got weaker and weaker, in 2007 the losses were so enormous that we simply couldn't sustain them anymore. We had to increase the doll retail price in the US this year to get closer to the real exchange rate. For our American collectors this meant of course a lot of money. But we just couldn't keep calculating our dollar prices based on an exchange rate of $1.15, where in fact it was closer to $1.60 to the Euro. The simple truth is that to sustain a company like mine that produces high quality dolls in Germany a set amount have to be sold each year. Unfortunately the orders were getting aren't enough any more.
As a result I have no choice but to close my manufactory by the end of 2008. We will fulfill all orders of the Sommer Kinder, the Club Minis as well as all orders that will get to us by mid November.
I think that the last collections will become as popular as my first collection in 1986 was at the time. I am sure that they will increase in value.. ______________________________________
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