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The Kovels' Top Twenty list is based on the results of hundreds of thousands of searches that took place on its website during July, 2008. Occupied Japan remains on top of the list. But it's China that's all the buzz right now as the world focuses on the Olympic Games.

These dolls were made in Shanghai, China, at the Door of Hope Mission. The Door of Hope was founded to rescue "strayed, stolen, abandoned" children and women who were trying to escape from a life of prostitution. The dollmaking industry provided work for the residents and income for the mission.from 1917 until about 1950, when the mission was closed. This bride and groom pair sold for $3,600 at a recent Theriault's auction.

You can find more doll prices at Kovels.com and in Kovels' Antiques and Collectibles Price List 2008.

The complete Top Twenty for July 2008 are:

1. Occupied Japan
2. Jewelry
3. Silver Plate
4. World War II
5. Coca-Cola
6. Furniture
7. Capo-Di-Monte
8. Stove
9. McCoy
10. Lladro
11. Cookie Jar
12. Doll
13. Hutschenreuther
14. Lighter
15. Shawnee
16. Clock
17. Royal Bayreuth
18. Bicycle
19. Knife
20. Planters Peanuts

Visitors use Kovels' website and price guides for a number of reasons, the most common that they are just trying to determine the value of an item they own. If an item is not listed on the Top Twenty list, it does not mean that it's unpopular or that there isn't a demand for it. It only means that in July there was less interest.



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