Two early Steiff teddy bears rescued after being dumped in skips have sold at auction for more than £10,000.
One of the bears, which sold for £7,200. Christie's Images Ltd
The rags-to-riches toys were in "tremendous condition" despite their history, Christie's auction house said.
A 28in, blonde mohair bear, dating back to about 1909, sold for £7,200, above its top estimate of £6,000.
A smaller example, the same age, which was saved after it was dumped in an Essex skip and taken to a rubbish tip, sold for £2,880 at the sale on Tuesday.
The world auction record for a teddy bear was set at Christie's in 1994 when "Teddy Girl," a cinnamon Steiff teddy bear, sold for £110,000.
The company, formed by German toymaker Margarete Steiff, made what is believed to be one of the first teddy bears.
She was confined to a wheelchair, due to a bout of childhood polio, and started making stuffed animals as a hobby.