Online auction devoted to teddy bears, Steiff collectibles Feb. 20

The first teddy bear was inspired by an encounter President Theodore Roosevelt had with a live bear cub while on a hunting trip in 1902. The incident prompted toymakers to produced cuddly stuffed bears. The German version of the teddy bear was made about the same time by the Steiff company. Nearly 200 lots of Steiff teddy bears and animals are offered in a Jasper52 online auction that will be held Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Steiff Limited Edition 1357 Polo Varsity mohair bear, 1993, limited edition 1357 of 3500. Estimate: $350-$400. Jasper52 image

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