Steiff Toys and Other Infamous Bears in History

winnieTeddy bears are nothing but iconic. These toys have made a name for themselves in history and they continue to charm their way into our hearts without fail. And even after more than a century, they still stand as one of the more popular toys not just among kids but also among the kids at heart. But have you ever wondered which ones are deemed celebrities? We’re listing them down starting off with Steiff bears.

  • Steiff

The brand is known for having invented the teddy, the toy but not the moniker as the credit for that goes to the late President Theodore Roosevelt. Established in 1880, the brand released the toy in 1902 from Richard Steiff’s sketches and has since taken the world by storm. The brand continues to release new designs but its vintage an limited edition pieces are known as one of the more popular collectibles in the world.

  • Winnie the Pooh

The fictional anthropomorphic teddy bear created by English author A. A. Milne is so popular it’s hard to find someone who hasn’t at least heard of it. It was featured in a collection of stories penned by Milne and illustrated by E. H. Shepard namely Winnie-the-Pooh (1926), The House at Pooh Corner (1928), When We Were Very Young (1924) and in Now We Are Six (1927). From books, Pooh jumped into the small and big screen and eventually as a toy and in various other merchandise from pens to notebooks to clothes and so much more.

  • Paddington

Based on a lone teddy bear he noticed on a shelf in a London store near Paddington Station and which he bought as a present for his wife on Christmas Eve in 1956, Michael Bond wrote A Bear Called Paddington. First published on October 1958, it became a prominent figure in children’s literature and later on an actual toy with a film franchise.

  • Steiff x LV Bear

What has earned this Steiff and Louis Vuitton collaboration bear a spot on our list is the fact that it holds the record for the most expensive teddy bear to date and for 18 years now. Back in the year 2000 at a Monaco auction, the toy fetched a staggering US $2.1 million. It was bought by Jessie Kim of Korea and is currently on display at the Teddy Bear Museum in Jeju Island. The toy features a classic Steiff look decked from head to toe in a complete Louis Vuitton travel gear with matching suitcase.