Caught in a toy store, today's parents are not surprised by the abundance to which they have grown accustomed, and the price: the purchase of a good gift for a child could make a dent in the family budget.
Most mothers and fathers are not even aware that there are dolls, cars and stuffed animals, whose price is not inferior to the cost of a decent car.
The most expensive porcelain doll
Cost: $ 263,000
At the beginning of XX century one of the most popular puppeteers considered a native of France, Albert Marquet. In 1915, Paris hosted an exhibition of his puppets, thundered the whole of Europe. The meeting consisted of hundreds of copies of which were immediately sold out. The rest piled into boxes and hid in the hope of better times to save. However, experts claim that to have survived only twenty puppets, whose value is now in the tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars. On rare porcelain beauties of being a fierce hunt: wealthy lovers of vintage toys sleep and see how to get one of them to his collection. The most expensive works of Albert Marquet was sold in 2009, Theriault's auction in Atlanta.
The most expensive soldier
Cost: $ 200,000
In 1960, Hasbro launched a line of toy soldiers, who could move his arms and legs, and generally looked very realistic. Soldier called common name GI Joe. For abbreviation G.I. concealed borrowed from the US military jargon «Government Issued». GI Joe has won great popularity among the boys and became a hero comics and cartoons. His image is transformed according to the current military conflict, but a true reverence always caused toys of the first parties. In 2003, the agent for the sale of comic Steven Geppe became the proud owner of a prototype GI Joe - tridtsatisantimetrovoy figures in hand-sewn uniforms infantry sergeant.
The most expensive rocking horse
Cost: $ 1, 28 million
The birth of a son in the family of Prince Akishino in Japan was celebrated as a national holiday: charming boy suddenly became the darling of the whole country. To mark this momentous occasion, jewelry house Ginza Tanaka has made precious rocking horse, the creation of which lasted about thirty kilograms of gold. However, to handle the toy was not too convenient to drag it from one place to another, the child needed help adults. On the other hand, the producer insisted that the golden rocking horse softer than its wooden counterparts. The representatives of the royal family reacted to the unique gift without enthusiasm in spite of the universal adoration, Prince hisahito childhood trying to instill humility and moderation.
The most expensive toy ship
Price: 89,000 pounds
They say the boat name - so it will float. Apparently, members of the German toy manufacturer Marklin had a premonition that they collected in 1905, the ship HMS Terrible will subsequently be sold for a monstrous amount. It is a copy of the battle of the steam ship that was part of the Royal Navy of Great Britain and was used during the Second Boer War. Toy for a long time belonged to the famous collector Ron Makkrindellu. After his death in 2011, the ship was put up for auction and soon bought for a sum of about one and a half times higher than the expectations of auctioneers. The name of the new owner of the "horrible" is not known: the buyer wished to reserve the right to anonymity.
The most expensive Barbie doll
Cost: $ 302,500
What has not invented the company Mattel, to draw attention to their products! In different years in toy stores appeared Barbie Princess Barbie mermaid Barbie with faces of movie stars and even Barbie zombie. In 2010, the public was presented a line of dolls called "little black dress". She became a star at Barbie exclusive diamond necklace from the Australian jeweler Stefano Canturi. He also worked on the dress, hair and makeup plastic style icons. After the official presentation in Sydney doll went to New York, went straight to the auction Christie's. It was expected that it will go under the hammer for $ 600,000, but the actual amount turned out to be more modest. All proceeds go to Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
The most expensive teddy bear
Cost: $ 2, 1 million
Teddy bear in vogue at the beginning of the XX century, after the American newspapers reported that President Theodore Roosevelt during the hunt refused to shoot a bear cub cornered. Toy quickly became the object of collectibles: those who collect teddy bears, even came up with a special name - arktofily (from the Greek "Arktos" - bear). Obsession clumsy reached the point that in 2000 the German company Steiff teddy bears released in the dress, designers invented the brand Louis Vuitton. Bear in an elegant coat was put up for auction in Monaco theme and bought a Korean businessman Kim Jesse. Today, the toy takes pride of place in the Museum of Teddy bears in the South Korean city of Jeju.
The most expensive toy car
Cost: $ 140,000
According to statistics, 40 million motorists worldwide rose toy cars brand Hot Wheels, whose name literally translates as "Hot Wheels". In 2008, to mark its fortieth anniversary, the brand has released a unique little car, decorated with a scattering of precious stones. 2700 white, blue and black diamonds weighing 23 carats densely covered with white gold case and tiny wheels. At the same toy she could easily fit in the palm of a child. Presented typewriter American pop singer Nick Lachey, and its design has developed a jewelry house Jason of Beverly Hills, led by Jason Arashebenom. In an interview Arasheben admitted that co-operation with Hot Wheels brought him back to his childhood.
The most expensive mechanical toy
Cost: $ 6, 25 million
15,000 hours Swiss Christian Bailly took the fact that from 2340 to assemble a mechanical doll parts worth several million dollars. Dressed in a silk teddy boy knows how to play the flute, which sounds from sitting on his hand and shoulder the birds begin to move and begin to sing. Name the doll received appropriate - Fowler. Her height - 120 cm, weight - 55 kg. Bailly decided not to depart from traditions rooted in past centuries: even his studio is named after Jacob Frizara which in XVII-XVIII centuries was famous for creating mechanical singing birds. That is why hidden under sumptuous attire Fowler mechanism works without electricity: it is enough just to start with a key.
The most expensive toy train
Price: 113,750 pounds
When in the hands of experts Christie's auction was the train, released in 1906 by Marklin, they suggested that it is not intended for games and to decorate the shop window and attract buyers. On the roof of the locomotive could fit a child, and the whole length of the structure up to three and a half meters. One of the cars was reserved for a restaurant with a veranda and a pipe produced a real smoke. The first owners of the train was the American family Gardiner: luxury toy they purchased before the start of the First World War. After almost a century one of the names of the heirs decided to part with the train and sent him to London, believing that the heirloom will cause a great stir among European collectors.
The most expensive doll house
Cost: $ 500,000
If among the toys met the aristocrats, they would certainly have come to taste dollhouse exhibited at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. More precisely, not even a house, but a real fairy-tale castle at the height of three meters. It was made by order of Colin Moore - famous silent film actress. Its creation had a hand in nearly seven hundred artists - painters, carvers, jewelers, glass blowers. One of the paintings executed by Walt Disney himself. The castle consists of twelve collapsible parts, which placed a total of more than two thousand objects, including tiny golden chandeliers and antique vases. By the way, the last time the value of this masterpiece was evaluated in 1947, and it is possible that since then it has increased significantly.