Penguins are a popular animal for collectors and although they are not limited to holiday collectibles, that's the time of the year that most new penguin items start showing up. It's not quite clear why, as penguins are not from the North Pole!
Shown are some popular cookie jars for collectors.
@ Mickelson Auction
California Originals are a different breed of cookie jar. Most collectors are ambivalent about the jars, they might love them, but then again -- the finish is so different.
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This jar is known as both the Lovebirds and the McCoy Penguin jar. The jar is a cold-painted jar and is often hard to find in good condition.
A very classy jar with all the metallic tones on the jar. This modern styled jar is perfect for the person that doesn't like cutesy stuff, but still wants a Penguin jar.
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And for those that do like cutesy -- I give you the Patience Brewster jar complete with tutu and halo. This jar was exclusive edition made for Neiman Marcus.
A large, elaborate Christmas jar from Radko. Santa is surrounded by cute little penguins in front of a Christmas castle.
A really clever jar, made by Disney as a limited edition of 350. The jar is quite large and is very well done. Because of the manner in which the jars were sold, the prices for them ranged from $55. to over $200. The prototype
of the jar sold for $500.