Although dolls are often classified as toys, humans tend to be compassionate towards crafted dolls. The earliest dolls to be created date back to the 2000 BC, when the dolls were made from stone and clay. With its rich history and architecture, most dolls have now become expensive, with some costing more than millions of dollars. The definition of a doll usually ranges from a stuffed bear or plastic item to a handmade machine; however, what remains constant is the uniqueness of dolls. The rarity of these figurines is often determined by a number of factors, including; the units sold, availability, year of production, or even the debate behind it. Over the years, dolls have continued to become rare collectibles and favorite playthings for humans. Here we will take a closer look at the 10 most expensive dolls.
10. Signed Bebe Mothereau Doll – $18,500
The Bebe Mothereau doll was created by a Frenchman named Alexandre Motero back in the late 1800s. He began his doll-making business in 1880 and ended in 1895. In these fifteen years of producing dolls, only a few of the Bebe Mothereau dolls were created. However, the rarity and old age of these dolls make them very expensive; particularly the signed Bebe Mothereau doll that was signed by the doll-maker himself- Motero. Some of the fantastic features in the Bebe Mothereau doll include; wooden upper limbs, small legs, rounded joints of the lower edges, and bodies with strange proportions.
9. Steiff Dicky Bear - $53,803
In addition to it being rare, the Steiff Dicky bear comes with a striking black stitched nose, black-brown eyes, and golden mohair. The Dicky Bear was presented for sale at the 2000s Christie's Auction and was sold for an average price of 53,803 USD.
8. Barbie Doll Blue Ivy - $80 000
The Barbie Doll Blue Ivy doll is a diamond-encrusted doll that was gifted as a birthday present for Jay Z and Beyoncé's baby Blue Ivy. This doll was presented to Blue Ivy in 2013 when she was turning one year old. Their parents spent a lot of money to throw their daughter a luxurious birthday party, which included; $33,000 worth of toys and gifts, $50,000 worth of rose jewelry, and a $2,000 cake. One feature that makes the Barbie Doll Blue Ivy very expensive is the inclusion of 160 precious stones and golden jewelry.
7. Steiff Titanic Mourning Bear - $136,000
The Steiff Titanic mourning bear was designed in honor of the RMS Titanic that sank in 1912. Only 600 pieces of this doll were produced in five different sizes. The Steiff Titanic Mourning Bear was sold for $136,000 at the Christie's Auction.
6. Barbie by Stefano Canturi - $302,500
The Barbie designed by Stefano Canturi was the most expensive Barbie doll in the world in 2010. Stefano is an Australian jewelry designer who was behind the designing of the world’s most expensive Barbie doll, which was sold at an auction for 302,500 USD. This doll has a diamond collar necklace with a gorgeous pink diamond placed at the center. Another exciting feature about the Barbie by Stefano Canturi is that it comes with a complete makeover kit, including a new dress, shoes, hair, eyelashes, and makeup. The doll took approximately half a year for it to be completed.
5. Kämmer & Reinhardt character doll - $395,750
This exquisite doll is a little girl with blue gray eyes and neatly-plaited auburn hair that blend perfectly with accents and ash on her lace-sleeved white dress. She also has a straw hat, white stockings, and white shoes. The auction of this doll took place on 24 September, and it was sold for an average price of 395,750 USD.
4. Barbie and The Diamond Castle - $1 million
Although official press releases of the Barbie and the Diamond Castle are unavailable on the internet, it is believed that this doll was launched in the 2008 Mattel's Barbie division in Mexico. The Barbie was designed based on the main character of the "Barbie and the Diamond Castle" movie that was released in the same launch year. Some of the amazing features that help increase this doll's value include; earrings, a bracelet, a pair of sandals, a tiara, a necklace, and a ring that is made from white gold and decorated with real diamonds. The Barbie and the Diamond Castle doll was never presented for sale as it was only produced as a publicity stunt.
3. Steiff Louis Vuitton Teddy Bear - $2.1 million
Steiff is a German-based luxurious toy manufacturing company that has become a well-known brand for producing the plushest teddy bears worldwide. In 2000 the company launched the Steiff Louis Vuitton Teddy Beat, which was presented at a Christie's auction in Monaco, going for 2.1 million USD. The dolly was finally sold to the Korean Jesse Kim. One notable feature about the Steiff Louis Vuitton Teddy Bear is that it comes in an original Louis Vuitton coat. Currently, the Vuitton Teddy Bear is located in a teddy bear museum on Jeju Island, where it can be seen by the public.
2. Madame Alexandre Eloise – $5 Million
Madame Alexander designed the Madame Alexandre Eloise doll by hand. Some of the features that help add the value of the Madame Alexander doll are that it is dressed in Oscar de la Renta fur, Christian Dior clothes, and Katherine Baumann accessories, among other products from various luxurious fashion brands. Additionally, the doll is perfectly decorated with Swarovski crystals and nine-carat diamonds. There are only five Madame Alexandre Eloise dolls around the globe, with each coming with different amazing accessories.
1. L'Oiseleur (The Bird Trainer) - $6.25 Million
The Bird Trainer is a doll and a gadget with more than 2,340 pieces of polished metal parts. This doll was designed by fourteen artisans and pioneered by Christian Bailey, a French automata expert. The Bird Trainer, which is about four-foot tall, took approximately 15,000 hours to complete. The L 'Oiseleur, which means the Bird Trainer, comes presented in renaissance clothing that can dart its eyes around, carry a sword, play the flute, and make the birds sing along and move about after being wound by a golden key.
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