3) Original G.I. Joe
When Hasbro created its military action figure G.I. Joe back in the 1970s, they couldn’t have predicted what a hit this toy would be with boys from all walks of life. The original 12-inch figure is now the most expensive action figure ever made, with a value today $200,000. This prototype is owned by a private collector, who currently has it on display at the Geppi Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.
2) Madame Alexander Eloise
For a doll collector who will settle for nothing but the best (or for a very, very lucky little girl), you may want to explore Madame Alexander’s five hand-made one-of-a-kind Eloise dolls, which were created especially to benefit several charities back in 2000. These dolls were the result of collaboration among a handful of high-end designers, featuring nine carats of diamonds provided by Harry Winston, furs by Oscar de la Renta for Alixandre Furs, clothes by Christian Dior and Swarovski crystal accessories by Kathrine Baumann. The dolls sold at auction for $5 million.
The most expensive doll in existence is called L’Oiseleur, which means the Bird Trainer. This is a four-foot tall automated figure dressed in renaissance clothing that plays the flute and also carries a sword and holds a pair of birds that sing. What adds to the doll’s value is the fact that it doesn’t need batteries or motors but works by a system of cogs and gears. It is worth noting that this doll took more than 15,000 hours to build out of 2,340 polished steel parts. The price for this unusual item is $6.25 million.
Dollhouses And Accessories
If you invest in a collectible doll, it is likely that you will also want to provide it with a nice place to live. Therefore, you might want to consider investing in the world’s most expensive doll house, which measures 7 feet by 5 feet, is a miniature version of a private palace in London called Spencer House. The real Spencer House was built in the 1750s for the first Earl Spencer, an ancestor of Princess Diana of Wales. The replica of this landmark comes complete with carpeting and lighting and is extravagantly furnished, with a value at close to $400,000, which is more than many people spend on their own homes.
And why stop there? To ensure that your doll is also attired in the highest style, you may also want to purchase a toy sewing machine that you can keep in your new doll house. Such a miniature sewing machine recently sold at an auction in London for the high price of $13,600.