IF ABCs are not for children, nor are dolls. A unique German Kammer & Reinhardt bisque character doll of 1909 has a pounds 150,000-pounds 200,000 estimate in Sotheby's toy sale, Tuesday (10.30am) - challenging the doll price record of dollars 231,000 (pounds 155,000). It was sculpted from five-year-old Karin Lewin-Funcke by her father, Arthur, founder of the Berlin-Charlottenberg School of Sculpture.

Karin's baby brother, Andreas, was the first - mould number 100 - in the firm's character series. This mould, 108, is thought to be unique. It is probably experimental - more mature, with pierced ears. Look for mould numbers on the back of the neck of your doll. In this series only five 105s are known, 106 and 151 are rare and there are no known survivors of 110 and 111. If you own one - bingo]

More toys, dolls, teddies at Christie's South Kensington, Thursday (2pm) and Bonhams Chelsea, Thursday (11am).

Original pulp fiction artwork, Bonhams, Wednesday (2pm). Valentines and postage stamp collections, Christie's South Kensington, Friday (10.30am).


Loughborough: Cigarette cards, autographs, postcards, Tuesday-Thursday (1pm daily): Burleigh Court Convention Centre, University. T Vennett-Smith (0602 830541).

London: Fifteen pubs in Islington, Bethnal Green and countrywide; freehold, vacant possession, Wednesday (11am) at Le Meridien Hotel (11am). Conrad Ritblat in association with Christie's (071-935 4499).


Today and tomorrow: Mammoth, Donington Park Exhibition Centre, Leicestershire (Four in One; 0455 233495). Tomorrow: Grand Antiques, Park Lane Hotel, London (Century; 071-794 3551).

Countrywide: Antiques Trade Gazette (071-930 4957) and Government Auction News (0686 668851, hotline 0891 887700).