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Antique French doll sold for £17,000 at Teesside's Vectis

The Bru antique named Helene Alicia Image copyright Vectis
Image caption The doll sold for more than twice the pre-sale estimate

A 135-year-old French doll has been sold for £17,000 at auction.

The Bru antique named Helene Alicia had a pre-sale estimate of £6,000-£8,000, but interest from two telephone bidders pushed the price up.

Vectis auction house in Thornaby, Teesside, said the price included a buyer's premium.

The 41cm tall doll was described as having "bulbous blue paperweight eyes- darker rims to the iris" and pierced ears.

It had painted wood legs, wore her original shoes and socks, a blue and red silk lace trimmed dress and cotton underwear.

Bru dolls were manufactured by a company called Bru, Jne & Cie between 1866-1899 with most made from bisque - unglazed pottery.