Your Guide to Rare Hummel Figurines

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Depicting rosy-cheeked children doing everyday activities, Hummel figurines are timeless classics that bring cheer to collectors around the world. The true value of a Hummel is owning a beautiful object that is meaningful to you and your family. However, the rarity and demand of some models have drawn high prices online and at auction.

How Much are Hummel Figurines?

Most Hummel figurines sell for $50-$75. But some rare, intricate Hummels can be sold for thousands of dollars at auction.

History of Hummel Figurines

In the early 1930s, the artwork of Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel started appearing on post cards throughout Germany and Switzerland. These images of children in pastoral settings caught the eye of Franz Goebel, director of the porcelain company W. Goebel Porzellanfabrik. In 1935, he negotiated a collaboration with Sister Hummel and started crafting figurines based on her drawings. Goebel debuted his new figurines at the Leipzig Trade Fair and the collectables started to become popular. However, his success was cut short by the second World War.

After the war, Goebel started producing the figurines again. They became especially popular with American troops stationed in West Germany, who sent Hummels to family members back in the United States. These rosy-cheeked figurines have been timeless collectables ever since.

General Guidelines for the Value of Hummel Figurines

Bigger & Elaborate Pieces
Larger complex pieces tend be priced higher compared to smaller figurines.
Condition
Pieces in good condition with no damage are priced highest. More so, if you have the original box and packaging.
Rarity
Retired and limited-edition figurines tend to be more valuable than figures being currently produced
Demand
These "in-demand" classics are usually priced for a few hundred dollars more than your average piece.
Year
The older the model, the more valuable. Some Hummels have an number that indicates the year on the underside of the figure. If it does not, you can indicate the range of years by the official Goebel trademark
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Most Valuable Hummel Figurines

Some names of Hummel figurines have changed over time. So it is best to identify figurines by their identification number. To find this number, carefully flip your figurine upside down. You will find it imprinted near the top rim of the porcelain figure.

Adventure Bound

Hummel number: 347

Hummel’s estimated fair market value: $1,630.33

Suggested retail price: $4,900

Adventure Bound is the most rare and valuable Hummel figurine. This 8-inch figure depicts seven little boys heading out on an adventure. Models with the “Full Bee” stamp (also called the TMK-2) were created before 1959. These rare versions can go at auction for $6,000-$9,000, depending on the condition and if the box is still present.

Picture Perfect

Hummel number: 2100

Hummel’s estimated fair market value: $1,163

Suggested retail price: $3,495

In this Hummel, three children and a dog sit for their picture taken by an old camera. This piece is highly valuable because only 2,500 figurines were made.

Ring Around the Rosie

Hummel number: 348

Hummel’s estimated fair market value $1,063.67

Suggested retail price: $3,200

This adorable figurine depicts four little girls playing a game of ring around the rosie. Originally, this figurine was released to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Hummel. The original figurines are taller and more valuable than newer versions, ranging from 6¾-7 inches in height. Later versions are all a uniform height, 6¾ inches tall.

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