World's creepiest doll with "evil" eyes goes under the hammer
A 152-year-old doll dubbed the "world's creepiest" toy because of its eerie expression is expected to fetch hundreds of pounds at auction.
The rare wax toy - which is still in exquisite condition - was given away as a Christening gift in 1866.
The doll, which has an unnervingly unsmiling face and blonde hair, has led social media users to brand it "evil" and "creepy".
Despite its distinctive appearance the doll is expected to fetch up to £300 when it goes under the hammer later this month.
Auctioneer Charles Hanson, who is handling the sale, said: "The doll came to us in a fairly mundane rectangular box but, when we opened it up, revealed within was this remarkable wax doll.
"Dolls like this were made by pouring wax into a mould.
"The benefit of working in wax for early doll makers was that the wax could be tinted to make beautiful, realistic skin tones.
"However, wax can be fragile when subjected to temperature change, so other more practical materials superseded it.
Charles Hanson with the wax doll.
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"The doll we uncovered is English with piercing blue eyes and soft blonde hair.
"Her arms and legs are in good condition and her face has a gentle but somewhat serious expression.
"It's wonderful to see her wearing her original red shoes.
"She's been beautifully cared for through the generations and would appear to have her contemporary dress on with pink silk waist ribbon.
"The doll is in remarkable condition, given its age. We would expect it to make £200 to £300 at auction."
Social media users have been quick to give their opinion on the doll.
Twitter user Dani J wrote: "What happened to the family who bought the doll??? Judging by the knowing expression on that doll's face, it wasn't good."
Facebook user Angie Lock wrote: "And the winner for the world's creepiest doll goes to…"
John Harlow posted: "For sale: Evil psycho doll with eyes that will terrify your soul. Previously owned and loved by Regan MacNeil."
The doll will be sold at Hansons Auctioneers' on February 22.