As many of you may know, I have collected antiquities for many years; occasionally posting some of my more enigmatic and/or mysterious acquisitions
here on ATS in order to avail myself of resident expertise, opinion...and criticism.
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In addition to an interest in enigmatic antiquities, I also maintain an avid interest in the paranormal. In fact, as of about a year ago, my
brother-in-law and I became involved with so-called 'ghost hunting', have participated in a number of amateur expeditions...and, as a result, have
met with a variety of results and varying degrees of success.
Now, these two interests have intersected in a unique opportunity...one which, unfortunately, does not come without it's own measure of personal
trepidation; please allow me to explain:
Following antique auctions for many years now (NOT EBAY), has led me to the following item of interest, currently up for auction:
(Please note that I am editing and paraphrasing the particular item's lengthy catalog description in order to avoid giving too much information, so
as to not be perceived as in any way advertising or promoting this particular lot or it's specific auction venue.)
This doll "has quite the pedigree.":
--has a bisque face and is almost life-sized
--is from the 1920's
--is one of a pair
--is reported to have belonged to the Newport (Kentucky) family that owned the infamous Beverly Hills Supper Club...(where a tragic fire took place in
1977, resulting in the death of 165 people) en.wikipedia.org...
--is known locally as the "Snow Princess" doll
--has been on display for years in a Newport antique store which has been well-documented as "experiencing
--the book "Newport Is Haunted" has stories about the two dolls and the "Snow Princess" doll is photographed
both within the book (page 46)...as well as on the back cover of the book
Apparently, in addition to being associated with great tragedy, paranormal activity has been documented to follow these two dolls around, with
witnesses purportedly seeing this particular doll levitating and moving on it's own.
Collecting antique dolls have never really been my thing, but my interest in the paranormal has piqued my interest in this particular lot at
auction...and I am now debating whether or not I should bid to acquire it for paranormal study (even though it's rather creepy-looking...and my wife
thinks it downright ugly).
Lord knows, over the years I have accumulated many ancient artifacts from burial sites around the world, all of which continue to be on display in my
home...and to this day, the purchase of any of them has never been met with my wife's objections, nor have any of these artifacts resulted in any
manner of paranormal activity taking place within our home.
However, his item; this 'haunted' doll, worries her.
She reminded me of the notorious so-called haunted or cursed dibbuk box which was also purchased at auction and supposedly brought, in addition to
paranormal activity, tragedy and misfortune to it's owners paranormal.lovetoknow.com...
So, ATS, I'm torn here. Part of me wants to win this particular lot at auction, keep the damned thing out of sight and study it...and part of me,
along with my wife, is hesitant to become it's owner for the fear (however unfounded or irrational that fear may be) that this thing may actually
bring misfortune into our happy home.
Naturally, I fully expect the usual ridicule, but I am specifically interested in hearing serious opinion and/or any personal stories regarding the
purchase of co-called haunted or cursed objects.