Johnny Gruelle is best known for creating the world famous rag doll characters, Raggedy Ann and Andy. While the Raggedys were the indisputable centerpiece of Gruelle's career, in his heart of hearts, Johnny was a dyed-in-the-wool freelance artist, who felt most at home at his drawing board, crafting illustrations and features for newspapers and magazines.

Marcella, Johnny Gruelle's daughter, brought him an old rag doll one day, and he drew a face on the worn fabric. Pulling a book off the shelf, he noticed two James Witcomb Riley poems, 'The Raggedy Man' and 'Little Orphan Annie'. Why don't we call her Raggedy Ann?, he said. Or so the story goes. Gruelle's family made the original doll by hand, and he gave Raggedy Ann life in 1915. She became a children's book character in 1918, and Gruelle's publisher P.F. Volland arranged to sell Raggedy Ann dolls as well.

The tie-in between Gruelle's Raggedy Ann Stories and the dolls proved a great marketing success. Gruelle averaged one new book a year for twenty years.

Reprinted many times, the books renew the character for every generation. In the stories kindly Raggedy Ann comes to life when humans aren't looking and embarks on adventures with her brave brother Andy. Marcella Gruelle tragically died at age 13, just as Raggedy Ann debuted. But she showed up as a tender remembrance in Marcella: A Raggedy Ann Story (1929).

Raggedy Ann value and price guide

What's your 'Raggedy Ann' worth? Here are some recently sold items (UK):

Item Title Date sold Price
And Andy R John Wright Forever Friends 8 Mar 2019 £ 391,11
And Andy R John Wright Forever Friends 8 May 2019 £ 383,28
Rag C H Doll Georgene Beloved Belindy 19 Feb 2019 £ 371,55
Patti S Ratties 16 Easter Rabbit Farm Apr 2019 £ 179,87
Patti S Ratties 11 Farm Sheep Star Rag May 2019 £ 148,58

Take a look at all sold Raggedy Ann items on eBay for a value indication. If you're not sure what you have, you can post your question below.

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Gail - February 22, 2013

I have a Raggedy Andy puppet with strings in excellent condition. Would you know the value?

Val - September 19, 2011

Our daughter has been a Raggedy Ann collector since her birth in 1963. We resently acquired a Raggedy Ann hand puppet made by Knickerbocker Toys of Middlesex, NJ.It was manufactured in Indonesia. We are wondering if there is a way to tell when it was made. Thank You for your help.
►reply: No idea, but maybe you can ask here: www.raggedy-ann.com

Anne - August 1, 2011

I have a set of Raggedy Ann and Andy Dolls with the label knickerbocker still in tact. what is the value of this set of dolls