HELLO DOLLY: UNICEF’s designer dolls initiative known as Les Frimousses (or little faces, in English) is celebrating its tenth anniversary. This year, 43 figurines were conceived witha futuristic theme in collaboration with designers and fashion houses, including Jean Paul Gaultier, Gucci and Christian Dior. Missoni and Maison Lesage were first-timers, while taking part also were jewelers Lorenz Bäumer and La Maison Roure; 10 interior designers and 19 artists, such as Ara Starck. The dolls will be on show at the Petit Palais from Nov. 27 to Dec. 2 and then go under the hammer during an auction on Dec. 3 in the same location. Last year, the reserve price for each little toy was 500 euros, or $647 at current exchange. UNICEF is to distribute funds raised from their sale to help vaccinate children in Sudan’s Darfur region.
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