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Monday, April 4, 2011

A Unique Doll Collection

Many people like to collect things; some people collect stamps;  Jay Leno collects cars.   A while back I posted photos of my sister's elephant collection; she also collects M&M memorabilia.   I collect hippos.  Maybe you have a collection of your own.    I recently learned of a man in England who has a unique doll collection.

British mechanic Bob Gibbons bought his first doll 10 years ago.  She was a mannequin that caught his eye.  She just didn't quite satisfy him; he wanted something more realistic.  Then he discovered "Love Dolls" on line, and purchased "Beverley" an anatomically correct doll, with the help of his wife (yes, he's married) for $4000 American dollars.  

As with most collectors, we don't stop at one or two; before long, Bob, aged 61, was buying about one per week.  He has now 240 "love" dolls in his collection.  He says the blow-up dolls in his collection vary in price from $48 to $639.  "Jessica" no cheap two-bit tootsie, cost him $11,202.


 The Guinness Book of World Records does not yet have a category for life size anatomically correct dolls, but if it did, Mr. Gibbons would be a shoe-in.  There's another contender in Japan, but he has only 100 dolls.   David Hockey, a Nova Scotia film maker who started collecting "adult" dolls when he made the documentary "All Dolled Up," about doll collecting, envies Gibbons' collection, valued at around $160,000.  Hockey has traveled the world interviewing collectors, and feels Gibbons' collection is important because it chronicles the history of the "love doll" over the past dozen years.

What does Bob do with these dolls, you shudder to ask?  Well, don't worry.  He does not have sex with them.  He says he's "never been interested in them in that way."  He likes  having afternoon tea with them or arranging them for photo shoots.  Sometimes he takes them for drives in his car.  And then there's the one that has wheels on her feet so he can dance with her.

Caring for these girls can be more time consuming than taking care of a puppy.  Because some of them are made of silicone, according to Gibbons, they sweat and need to be bathed from time to time, and dusted with talcum powder.  Plus he and his wife, Lizzie, 55, like to dress them in different outfits and wigs, which can take hours, as they are very particular about how they look.


Below is a video made by David Hockey about the Doll Collector.  Enjoy'


British Mechanic Has Over 240 Love Dolls -- and... by fotnak

Sources:
AOL News, David Moye; AllVoices, Local to Global News.  Video from Dailymotion.com


EVA

22 comments:

River said...

That's a lot of dolls!!

I wonder if it's the same collection I saw several years ago on TV? I seem to remember a man who liked to dress up his dolls in particular outfits.

Kristina P. said...

It's still creepy, without the sexual aspect.

SherilinR said...

oh my. i'm glad he's not my dad.

The Broad said...

I am so grateful now that my husband collects stamps! They take up so much less room and they don't put his back out either...

Gaston Studio said...

Heavens! I feel bad for his poor wife because it sounds like he spends more time with his dolls than he does with her... unless he invites her to have tea with them.
He must have been a darn good mechanic to be able to afford to purchase one each week; that's quite an expensive hobby.

Brian Miller said...

$11K for a doll...get out of town...craziness i say...

EmptyNester said...

Not quite sure what to say about this one....do they make them in male form? LOL

Jen said...

EEEEEEWWWWWWWWWEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!! Pretty strange. I'll say no more than that!!!

tsonodablog said...

Kinda weird and a little creepy, but who am I to stifle one's expressionistic side? Ewwwwwww

glnroz said...

this makes me feel like a little bit of Ray Bradbury creepiness a'creepin in..

Wow, that was awkward said...

I always like to think to each, his own, but I'm having a hard time with this one. Seemed fine until the part about driving around with them. Oh, unless it's to be able to go in the HOV lane, in which case he is brilliant!

Kristy said...

Oh boy. I think this could also be featured on Intervention.

natalee said...

Im officially creeped out for the rest of the day... thats some crazy s%*t... LOL!!!!!!!

Al Penwasser said...

I...ahh...um...err...hmm..whut? I, uh, just don't know what to say.
And that's rare.

Al Penwasser said...

Yeah, I'm with Sherilin. My dad may have been as nutty as a bag of squirrels, but he didn't have a love doll collection.
I hope.

Deb said...

Well, that was a bothersome little clip there! So Barbie and Ken just aren't enough, huh?

I don't blame his wife for helping him. Anything to keep him the hell away from her.

Eva Gallant said...

Jen: Not exactly the same as your elephant collection, huh?

Terri: Unique, to say the least.

Glenn: I wouldn't have thought of it, but now that you mention it, yes!

Deb: That could be her motivation!

Unknown Mami said...

I find this more than a bit disturbing.

injaynesworld said...

Did you ever see the movie "Lars and the Real Girl?" I've seen in 4 times now and I'm charmed by it every time. I think you'd like it.

Canadian Blend said...

Maybe I'm too much a prude... but this is a bit disturbing.

Eva Gallant said...

Jayne: I haven't seen it. My son mentioned it though, after reading this post. I'll have to watch for it.

Canadian: Disturbing and creepy seem to be recurring themes in the comments.

Pat said...

I couldn't watch the clip because the wi-fi isn't the greatest where we are staying tonight. But, the video aside, this STILL seems weird. I'd think twice before staying with a man who wants LIFE-SIZED dolls to play dress up with. And seriously? He's NOT having sex with them? Bullcrap!