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
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