In the world of luxurious affluence, many blue collars often indulge in some senseless spending and lavishly ludicrous hobbies; and why not, they surely can afford it - with many having the time to nurture these indulgences. Among the myriad of weird eccentricities and hobbies of the super-wealthy, we've come across a strange collection topic - the world's most expensive and costliest Dollhouses!
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- SARA ROTHE DOLLHOUSE - $12,000
Starting at the lowest-priced 'house', owned by Sara Roth - the Dutch dollhouse stands on display in the Netherlands and is owned by Sara Rothe, the 18th century art collector and wife to a wealthy merchant. The house features real silverware such as knives, forks and plates all in pure silver. The library comes stacked with miniature-sized books on the walls, and the house is complete with miniature paintings done by real artists. The twelve-roomed house can be found on display at the Netherlands Frans Hals Museum in Harleem.
- 16TH CENTURY DOLLHOUSE - $70,000
Historians Kevin Mulvany and Susie Rogers from Holt, Wiltshire specialized in architectural miniatures. The Minitiarist husband and wife have over 25 years' experience in recreating historically significant and detailed European castles and mansions. They travel miles to personally visit the places they rebuild, and this 6-room dollhouse marvel has been commissioned by a private Californian collector in 2009 and stands at a value of a jaw-dropping $70,000. The intricate details such as furniture and real crystal chandeliers (£1000 each) took over 10,000 hours to create! The house comes complete with a miniature antique statue (an exact marble copy, to be precise) by Italian sculptor Antonio Canova, several miniature oil paintings (each worth the exact amount of its life-size counterpart), as well gold-plated decorative leaves among the moldings and skirting of the walls.
- TITANIA’S PALACE - $256,500
This piece was officially bought by Legoland in Denmark in 1978, and is known as one of the most expensive toys in the world. This cannot be classified as a 'house', but rather a mini-castle. The piece took on construction in 1907 and was completed an exhaustive fifteen years later. Sir Nevile Wilkinson commissioned the piece for his daughter Guendolen, and as the story goes, she wanted to have a place in which to house the fairies that she had seen running around in their garden. The fairies are well taken care of with their palace of 18 rooms and over 3,000 miniature works of art collected from all over the world. The piece is a venerable collection within a collection and can be seen stored in the Egeskov Castle in Denmark.
- STETTHEIMER’S DOLLHOUSE - $1 MILLION
The Stettheimer sisters' dollhouse is a true marvel to behold. So wealthy were these German-Jewish women that during the 1900's they could get away with smoking, drinking, wearing pants and interacting with various artists and intellectual; things very much frowned upon for women during this age. Carrie, the youngest Stettheimer created this piece over the course of 25 years. Many of her artist friends (only the most famous and innovative of their time) all contributed various miniaturized pieces such as paintings and sculptures including Marcel Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircase, and smaller nude sculptures by Marguerite Zorach and Alexander Archipenko. The dollhouse can be inspected at the Museum of the City of New York, and is valued at a cool $1 million - that’s even a lot more than most real homes!
- THE ASTOLAT DOLLHOUSE - $1.1 MILLION
This luxury piece consists of over 100,000 handcrafted and high standard quality pieces and was built by Colorado miniaturist Elaine Diehl, from 1974 - 1987. Diehl made use of a 1:1 scale which gives the impression of a remarkably realistic sized interior in aspect with every photo taken. Furnished with gold-framed mirrors, mosaic wooden floors, a library complete with miniature books, wine cellar and fireplace, the Astolat is definitely a one of a kind collector's piece. What makes this piece even more unique is the lighting system which lights up all areas of the Astolat and even adjusts automatically depending on the time of day. The owners of the house are Dr. Michael Freeman and his wife Lois, who have generously moved it to the Nassau County Museum of Art in Long Island, New York where it can be publically viewed and appreciated.
If you've got a penchant for fine collector’s pieces, then perhaps the art of exquisite Dollhouse collection might just be for you. To procure a truly unique and immaculate piece though, seems to cost quite a fortune. So make sure to participate in the exciting games on LottoStar.co.za, where overnight millions are just a few lucky numbers away. Good luck, and good gaming South Africa!