World most expensive toys
World most expensive toys
There are dolls, toy cars and plush toy animals, which price is comparable to the price of a luxurious car. In the ranking of Forbes Magazine, these are 10 most expensive toys in the world. The most expensive porcelain doll (above photo) costs $ 263 000, sold at Theriault’s auction in Atlanta in in 2009. In the early 20th century, a native of France Albert Marquet was the most famous puppeteer. The exhibition of his dolls in Paris in 1915 became very popular in all Europe. The collection consisted of hundreds of dolls, some of which were immediately sold. Others were packed in the boxes and hid in a hope to keep until better times. However, experts claim that only twenty dolls have survived to this day, which cost now hundreds of thousands dollars. The rare porcelain beauties are a dream of wealthy lovers of vintage toys.
Among the World most expensive toys – this toy soldier. Price: $ 200 000. In the 1960’s the company Hasbro launched a line of toy soldiers which could move their hands and feet, and generally looked very realistic. Soldiers were named G.I. Joe. The acronym G.I. is a military slang from “Government Issued”. Joe gained great popularity among the boys and became the hero of comics and cartoons. His image was transformed according to the current military conflict. In 2003, the sales manager of comics Stephen Geppi became the proud owner of a Soldier Joe’s prototype — 30 cm figures of an infantry sergeant in a sewn by hand uniform.
World most expensive toys. Golden Horse, Price $1,28 million. The birth of a son in the family of Prince Akishino was observed in Japan as national holiday: the charming boy, instantly became the favorite of the entire country. To mark this event, Ginza Tanaka jewellery House produced precious horse-rocking chair, which contained around thirty kilograms of gold. However, to drag it from one place to another was not easy, the child needed help from adults. But the manufacturer claimed that the Golden Horse could swing more softly than its wooden counterparts. The representatives of the imperial family had a peculiar gift without enthusiasm: despite universal adoration, Prince Hisahito from childhood was raised in modesty and moderation.
World most expensive toys. The German toy manufacturer Marklin anticipated that assembled by them in 1905, the ship H.M.S. Terrible would be sold for a whopping amount. It is a replica of a steam ship that was part of the Royal Navy and served during the Second Anglo-Boer War. For a long time the ship belonged to the famous toy collector Ron Makkrindel. After his death in 2011, the ship was put up for auction and soon bought for about one and a half times beating expectations of auctioneers.
World most expensive toys. The company Mattel invented different things to attract attention to their products. In the toy stores were Barbie-Princess, Mermaid Barbie, Barbie with movie stars and even a Barbie zombie. In 2010, the public was provided with a line of dolls called “little black dress”. Its star was the Barbie in the exclusive diamond necklace from an Australian jeweler Stefano Canturi. He also worked on the dress, hairstyle and makeup of the plastic style icons. After the presentation in Sydney, the doll left for New York, straight to auction Christie’s. It was expected that she would take under the hammer for $ 600,000, but the real amount was more modest. All proceeds go to the breast cancer research foundation.
World most expensive toys. Teddy bears came into trend in the early 20th century, after the American newspapers reported that President Theodore Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear cub during the hunt. The toy quickly became the object of collecting. Obsession by bears got to that in 2000, the German company Steiff Teddy bear released in attire, invented by Louis Vuitton designers. The bear in the elegant overcoat was put up for auction in the Principality of Monaco and was bought by Korean businessman Jesse Kim. This toy takes proud place in the Museum of teddy bears in the South Korean city of Cheju.
World most expensive toys. 40 million car enthusiasts from around the world were up toy brand Hot Wheels cars. In 2008, to celebrate its fortieth anniversary, the brand produced a unique compact car, decorated with precious stones. 2700 white, blue and Black diamonds weighing a total of 23 carats densely covered gold case and tiny wheels. The toy itself could easily fit in the Palm of your hand.
The most expensive mechanical doll. Price: $ 6.25 million. It took 15000 hours and 2340 parts for Swiss Christian Bailly to assemble mechanical doll worth several million dollars. Dressed in a silk, “The bird Trainer” (l’oiseleur doll) knows how to play the flute, the sounds of which seated on his arm and a shoulder bird comes to motion and starts singing. Christian Bailly decided not to go away from the traditions established in past centuries: even his Studio is named after Jacob Frisar, who in the 17th-18th centuries became famous for having created a mechanical Songbird. That’s why a luxurious mechanical toy works without electricity: it is enough just to start with the key.
The most expensive train set. Price: GBP 113 750. When the experts of Christie’s auction got train released in 1906, by the Marklin company, they suggested that it was intended not for games, but to decorate a shop window and attract buyers. On the roof of the locomotive could sit the child, and the length of the whole set reached three and a half metres. One of the cars was taken into the restaurant with veranda, the pipe of the steam locomotive produced real smoke. The first owners of the train was the American family: they bought a luxurious Gardiner toy even before the outbreak of the first world war. Almost a century later, one of the heirs of the family decided to sell the train and sent it to London, rightly believing that it would cause great excitement among European collectors.
World most expensive toys
The most expensive Doll House, $ 500 000. It was made by Colleen Moore, a famous actress of the silent film. This is a collective creation made by nearly seven hundred craftsmen — artists, carvers, jewelers and glass-makers. One of the murals was made by Walt Disney himself. The Castle consists of twelve demountable parts in which is placed more than two thousand items, including tiny Golden chandeliers and antique vases. By the way, the last time the rate of this masterpiece was assessed as early as 1947, and it is possible that since then it has increased significantly.