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    Sale 2475 | Lot 132
    Price Realized: $3,900With Buyer's Premium
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    • Sale 2475 Lot 132

      GOREY, EDWARD. The Doubtful Guest Doll. Roughly 18 inches high, grey jersey cloth, leather sneakers, felted eyes, and a striped green and white cotton scarf with Gorey's handwritten tag: "The Doubtful Guest / © 16/50 / Edward Gorey." In original box with pictorial label on top, moderate wear to box. [Yarmouth Port], 1974

      Estimate $4,000 - 6,000

      from a small total limited edition of fifty numbered dolls and four lettered examples, signed by Gorey on a tag sewn to the scarf in 1974. While a re-issue of 26 lettered copies was created and dated in 1995, though sold without the box, that series is distinguished by the inclusion of the year on those "colophon" scarf tags (Toledano pages 156-57).

      In 1974, two Gorey fans (a press agent and a fashion designer) decided to create a doll of the creature from the story The Doubtful Guest. They showed the prototype to Gorey who "jumped back in glee" and agreed to number and sign his name to a limited edition of the creatures. Otherwise quite pleased with the doll, Gorey did insist that the stripes on the little scarves be equidistant.

      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $3,900