How much was that teddy bear at the auction?

Here is a list of some of the most expensive bears in the world, ALL are Steiff bears. These bears appealed to the bidders for various reasons but it is interesting to note that the current title holder of most valuable teddy bear was manufactured quite recently.

Teddy Bear
Year of Manufacture
Sale Details
Alfonzo: red Steiff owned by Princess Xenia. 1908 £12,100 1989
Elliot: 32cm blue Steiff bear 1908 £49,500 1993
Happy: 65cm dual plush bear whose looks seduced Paul & Rosemary Volpp 1926 £55,000 1989
Harlequin: multi-coloured bear, originally given to a Steiff worker c1925 £60,000 1999
Steiff Festival Geingen
Bar 28PB: 40cm, the oldest known Steiff bear 1904 £82,000 2000
Steiff Festival
Titanic Bear: black mourning bear made after the sinking of the Titanic 1912 £91,750 2000
Happy: 40cm dual plush bear 1926 £101,556 2002
Steiff Festival Geingen
Teddy Girl: 46cm brown bear that served alongside Colonel Bob Henderson in the war 1905 £110,000 5 Dec 1994
Louis Vuitton: one of a small limited edition of bears dressed in designer clothing and auctioned for charity 2000 £130,190 2000
Teddies de l’ann Monaco



Most expensive teddy bears in the world

Here is a list of the most expensive teddy bear in the world and they’re all Steiff bears. The teddy bears attracted buyers for various reasons, which made them so expensive.

Steiff’s Louis Vuitton Bear


Sold for £130,190 on 14th October 2000.

41 Steiff teddy bears, ‘U Pitchnoun’, were decorated by 41 manufacturers of luxury goods. The Korean Jesse Kim bought the Louis Vuitton teddy bear at “Les Teddies de l’an 2000′, a charity auction in Monaco. This teddy bear now lives in the Teddy Bear Museum in Jeju, Korea.

Teddy Girl


Sold for £110.000 on 5th December, 1994.

Teddy Girl is a cinnamon Steiff teddy bear from 1904 and was owned by Colonel Bob Henderson. Colonel Henderson fought in World War II, with Teddy Girl by his side. The richly documented history was responsible for the high price.

Titanic Bear


Sold for £91,750 in 2000.

1912 black mourning teddy bear made after the sinking of the Titanic, sold at Christie’s, London.

Bär 28PB


Sold for £82,000 in 2000.

The oldest known Steiff teddy bear from 1904, 40cm high. Sold in 2002 at the Steiff Festival in Giengen, Germany.

Harlequin teddy bear


Sold for £60,000 in 1999 on the Steiff Festival Giengen, Germany.

Harlequin: multi-coloured teddy bear, made by Steiff in 1925 and given to a Steiff employee. The bear has red and grey stripes and yellow paws.



Sold for £55,000 at Sotheby’s, London.

Happy, a tipped mohair Steiff teddy bear from 1926, bought by American Paul Volpp as a 42nd wedding anniversary gift for his wife Rosemary. Sold in 1989 at an auction of Sotheby’s, London.



Sold for £49,500 at Christie’s in 1993.

32cm blue Steiff teddy bear from 1908, sold at Christie’s auction in 1993.

Steiff teddy bear with hot water bottle


Sold for $30,000 at Christie’s International in London.

The bear was produced in 1910 by Steiff and wore a brown fur jacket with a lace to tie both the ends.



Sold for £ 12,100 in 1989.

A red Steiff teddy bear from 1908 owned by Princess Xenia, the daughter of George Mikhailovich, Grand Duke of Russia. Sold in 1989 at a Christie’s auction in London, England.