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Haunting doll finds a home after going viral


Celebrity psychic buys it from Edinburgh charity shop

An Edinburgh charity shop has unwittingly gone viral after displaying a creepy doll in its window.

St Columba's Hospice shop in the city’s Morningside had the doll displayed in its window with a sign saying “I’m not creepy” in a bid to sell it.

However the haunted-looking object, called Annabelle, went viral after being posted on social media.

It has now been bought for £200 by celebrity psychic Deborah Davies who plans to keep it at her home in Cheshire.

One person on X wondered if the doll "comes to life at night".

Some even joked about it being part of any "unsolved murders in Morningside". 

 Lucy Norris posted on X: "Doll for sale in Morningside. They must have a penchant for menacing toys." Another person said: "That thing totally comes to life at night, doesn't it? ".

Someone else added: "Thanks for that - not sure I'll be sleeping tonight. Need to know *where* in Morningside so that I can avoid it."

Birthlink Thrift Shops also commented: "Absolutely not. No thanks. That reduction is written in blood, isn't it? ".

Simone Varga, St Columba's Hospice charity shop manager, said the doll was donated by a former volunteer.

"When I opened the box I saw its creepy long legs and real shoes and then saw its eyes had pupils and its nails had the white bits on it. I thought it looked very human," she said.

"Then I saw on the back of its neck that it was an Ashton-Drake Galleries doll, which are very expensive, so I priced it and put it in the window.

"But when everyone on social media started saying it was creepy, menacing and freaking out about it I thought it's not going to sell so I put the price down and put a sign on it saying: 'I'm not creepy."

The price of the doll was reduced from £180 to £90 in a bid to sell it.

Deborah Davies said she will add the doll to her extensive collection of 70.

"This doll will be with me under 24 hour surveillance," she said.

"I'm actually going to keep it at my home, which I normally never do. I keep all my dolls in my office."



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