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20 most expensive dolls ever sold (with photos and prices)

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Dolls are often classified as toys. However, not all of them are designed for children’s play. Some are expensive decorative and top-notch collector’s items that cost a fortune. The most expensive dolls cost millions of dollars. But what makes these dolls so expensive? Is it the materials or the brand?

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Barbie dolls dressed with mini traditional costumes made by Mrs. Rigopoula, Olympos village, Karpathos Island. Photo: Maria Makraki
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  • List of the most expensive dolls
    • 1. L’Oiseleur (The Bird Trainer) doll – $6,250,000
    • 2. Madame Alexander Eloise – $5,000,000
    • 3. Barbie by Stefano Canturi – $302,500
    • 4. Steiff Titanic Mourning Bear – $136,000
    • 5. Barbie and the Diamond Castle – $94,800
    • 6. De Beers 40th Anniversary Barbie – $85,000
    • 7. Blue Ivy’s Barbie Doll – $80,000
    • 8. Marina Bychkova Enchanted Doll – $76,500
    • 9. Steiff Dicky Bear – $53,803
    • 10. Michael Lau’s Gardener Uncle – $35,000
    • 11. Mint Condition Original Barbie 1959 – $27,450
    • 12. Original Superman Action Figure – $25,000
    • 13. G.I Joe Manimals Vortex Figure – $20,000
    • 14. Life-Sized Megumi Kato – $19,600
    • 15. Signed Bebe Mothereau Doll – $18,500
    • 16. Barbie in Midnight Red – $17,065
    • 17. Pink Diamond Barbie – $15,000
    • 18. Mego Elastic Batman – $15,000
    • 19. Teal Blue English Farnell Teddy Bear – $11,000
    • 20. Louis Vuitton Monogram Teddy Bear – $9,000

Dolls have been around for a very long time. The history of dolls can be traced back to 2000 BC, when the first dolls were made from stone and clay. Dolls have changed a lot since then. Their definition ranges from a stuffed bear or plastic item to a handmade machine. People are always keen to add these rare toys to their collections. But which are the most famous dolls?

List of the most expensive dolls

From Barbie to diamond-adorned dolls to teddy bears, the list of expensive dolls in the world is endless. But which dolls are worth the money? Here are the photos and prices of the expensive dolls.

1. L’Oiseleur (The Bird Trainer) doll – $6,250,000

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L’Oiseleur The Bird Trainer. Photo: @Aya_Shimazaki
Source: Twitter

This is the most expensive doll in the world. The 4-ft-tall automaton doll does not run on electricity or motors but relies on interior spring-driven cogs and gears for motivation. It comes complete with a sword, flute, pair of singing birds, and embroidered Renaissance garb. The only place you can find this doll is in the Swiss workshop of his creator, Christian Bailly.

This doll is dressed in silk, satin, and velvet, with a skin of painted porcelain and glass eyes. The doll can lift a flute to his mouth and play the instrument. The pair of singing birds open and close their beaks, turn their heads and flap their wings. Its asking price is $6,250,000.

2. Madame Alexander Eloise – $5,000,000

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Madame Alexandee Eloise doll. Photo: @TOYMINTco
Source: Twitter

This is one of the antique dolls worth the most money. The doll has 9 carats of diamonds and is handmade by the doll designer Madame Alexander. Its designer created only five such dolls, and each of them wears amazing accessories. This amazing doll can be differentiated from the other dolls because it is dressed in Christian Dior clothes.

It is perfectly decorated with Swarovski crystals and Katherine Baumann accessories. This doll has a chubby appearance, blond hair, and a stylish dog to accompany her. Its asking price is $5 million.

3. Barbie by Stefano Canturi – $302,500

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Barbie by Stefano Canturi. Photo: @Canturi
Source: Twitter

Barbie is one of the most expensive doll brands. It comes dressed in a black strapless party dress, peep-toe stilettos, and tumbling blonde hair. This Barbie doll does not appear expensive at a glance. However, looking at the glittering jewels around her neck, you will understand why it’s so expensive.

The jewellery set features a necklace made from three carats of white diamonds set and a one carat, square emerald-cut pink diamond. The world’s most expensive Barbie doll was sold at Christie’s in New York for $302,500.

4. Steiff Titanic Mourning Bear – $136,000

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Steiff Titanic Mourning Bear. Photo: @MatthewJHealy7
Source: Twitter

This bear is one of the most expensive teddy bears in the world. It is one of the teddy bears manufactured to honor the memory of the victims of the Titanic ocean tragedy. They were made in five different sizes. In 2000, one of the mourning bears was sold at Christie’s Auction House for $136,000 to the Puppenhaus Museum in Switzerland.

5. Barbie and the Diamond Castle – $94,800

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Barbie and the Diamond Castle. Photo: @Carousell
Source: UGC

This doll was manufactured as a promotional piece for the release of the new Barbie movie Barbie and the Diamond Castle. It is dressed in a pink princess gown. This doll has 44 round-cut stones, including 318 real diamonds on her dress. All her accessories, including earrings, necklace, tiara, slippers, bracelet, and ring, have been made out of diamonds and white gold.

6. De Beers 40th Anniversary Barbie – $85,000

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De Beers 40th Anniversary Barbie. Photo: @lavieglosshcney
Source: Twitter

This is one of the most expensive baby dolls. It was produced to mark De Beers’ 40th anniversary in 1999. The Barbie doll was designed by De Beers. It is dressed in an evening gown with a bikini top and belt decorated with 160 diamonds. This amazing Barbie doll has complimentary white gold miniature accessories. Even though the doll is made of plastic, it sold for $85,000.

7. Blue Ivy’s Barbie Doll – $80,000

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Blue Ivy’s Barbie Doll. Photo: @FamilyMinded
Source: UGC

Blue Ivy is the daughter of the celebrity couple Beyonce and Jay-Z. Her parents surprised her with a Barbie Doll as her birthday present when she turned one year old. The Barbie doll was customized to include 160 diamond gems and white gold jewelry. This amazing doll is sure to make a lot of little girls jealous.

8. Marina Bychkova Enchanted Doll – $76,500

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Marina Bychkova Enchanted Doll. Photo: @minowa
Source: Twitter

The 14-inch porcelain Enchanted doll was created by the famous Russian-Canadian doll maker Marina Bychkova. Marina is renowned for sculpting highly realistic porcelain dolls. Her dolls sell for tens of thousands of dollars each, but the most expensive one fetched a whopping $76,500 on eBay. The dolls are primarily nudes but draw attention with their soulful eyes and sensual lips.

9. Steiff Dicky Bear – $53,803

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Steiff Dicky Bear. Photo: @steiff_teddys
Source: Twitter

This teddy bear was manufactured in 1930 during the Great Depression. It featured five joints. Steiff introduced it as a lower-priced bear to suit the financial struggles of the Depression. This bear was bought as an engagement gift in the same year. It was treasured for a lifetime before being auctioned at Christie’s in 2007. The bear sold for $53,803.

10. Michael Lau’s Gardener Uncle – $35,000

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Michael Lau’s Gardener Uncle. Photo: @Trampt
Source: UGC

This is one of the most expensive action figures in the world. Michael Lau is known for creating vinyl-designed action figures. The above action figure is based on a comic strip from East Touch magazine. There are only a few replicas of this action figure. This action figure is dressed n sunglasses, a gold chain, and loose-fitting pants.

11. Mint Condition Original Barbie 1959 – $27,450

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Mint Condition Original Barbie. Photo: @WealthyGorrilla
Source: UGC

Barbie dolls manufactured between 1959 and the late 1960s are prized among vintage collections. In 1959, the world was introduced to a doll called Barbie Millicent Roberts. It featured golden hair, a black and white bathing suit, and blue eyeshadow. Since this first incarnation, this doll has become a global sensation. The mint condition doll sold at auction for $27,450.

12. Original Superman Action Figure – $25,000

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Original Superman Action Figure. Photo: @TheReviewSpot
Source: UGC

Since his first appearance in action comics in 1938, Superman has become an American icon. Due to his unfaltering popularity, the original action figure and many other early Superman items from the 1940s and 1950s are highly prized. The above original Superman Action Figure is valued at $25,000.

13. G.I Joe Manimals Vortex Figure – $20,000

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G.I Joe Manimals Vortex Figure. Photo: @HissTank
Source: UGC

This is one of the most expensive action figures. Even though the figures aren’t the most popular GI creations, they cost a fortune. GI cancelled the product line even before it hit the shelves. However, several versions found their way to eBay. The rarest of the original 1994 releases is the Vortex figure above, which sold on eBay for a whopping $20,000.

14. Life-Sized Megumi Kato – $19,600

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Life-Sized Megumi Kato. Photo: @Gigazine
Source: UGC

The expensive doll collection also includes a Life-Sized Megumi Kato. The 158-centimetre tall figure depicts one of the main characters, Megumi Kato, from the manga and anime How to Grow a Boring Girl. The figure was manufactured by Aniplex. There are only ten such dolls.

15. Signed Bebe Mothereau Doll – $18,500

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Signed Bebe Mothereau Doll. Photo: @RubyLane
Source: UGC

This is one of the most expensive antique dolls. The doll was created by a Frenchman named Alexandre Motero in the 1800s. These dolls feature wooden upper limbs, small legs, rounded joints of the lower edges, and bodies with strange proportions.

Even though only a few Bebe Mothereau Dolls were created, their rarity makes them very expensive. This particular price is for a Baby Motero doll signed by the doll maker himself. It reached the auction record of $18,500.

16. Barbie in Midnight Red – $17,065

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Barbie in Midnight Red. Photo: @FamilyMinded
Source: UGC

Barbie in Midnight Red outfit is a doll that dates back to 1965. This doll featured a brunette twist ‘n turn head and a straight-legged body. In 2006, this unique piece was sold at an auction for a price of $17,065. The doll was bought by a woman in the saleroom on behalf of an anonymous collector. It instantly became the most expensive Barbie ever sold in an auction.

17. Pink Diamond Barbie – $15,000

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Pink Diamond Barbie. Photo: @blondebunnydoll
Source: Twitter

This is a one-of-a-kind pink diamond Barbie Doll created by David and Phillipe Blond. Her dress is covered with small rose and fuchsia diamonds hand laid by the doll designer. It also features a stunning luxe faux pink fur coat, pink diamond ring, and pink studded diamond earrings. The doll made her debut during The Blond’s New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 show.

18. Mego Elastic Batman – $15,000

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Mego Elastic Batman. Photo: @eric_blex
Source: Twitter

The Mego Corporation created a series of stretch toys in 1979, including the Elastic Batman. Mego was forced to halt the production of these toys following a lawsuit. The Elastic Batman is one of the few toys that were left in existence. It was released in 1979 and was a constant hit throughout the 1980s. This doll was sold for $15,000 in 2006.

19. Teal Blue English Farnell Teddy Bear – $11,000

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Teal Blue English Farnell Teddy Bear. Photo: @antiquetrader
Source: UGC

The list of collectible doll brands also includes this unique teddy bear. Most of the teddy bears that were manufactured before the 1920s were orange or brown in colour. The blue-coloured one manufactured by Farnell is one of the unique teddy bears of the era. This rare piece was sold for $11,000 at auction at Sotheby’s.

20. Louis Vuitton Monogram Teddy Bear – $9,000

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Kouis Vuitton Monogram Teddy Bear. Photo: @xmfstudios
Source: Twitter

The Monogram Teddy Bear is touted to be the only teddy bear made by the French fashion house in 150 years. It is crafted from soft velvet decorated with the iconic Monogram pattern. The bear skin flaunts a Louis Vuitton monogram pattern, while a natural cowhide leather collar is strapped around the neck. This unique piece is up for grabs for $9,000 at the Toy Tokyo store in New York City.

These are the most expensive dolls ever sold. You must be prepared to dig deeper into your pocket to afford these dolls. As a matter of fact, you can buy a car or even a house with the money spent on the dolls on this list. Most of them have been purchased by celebrities and those people who live off old money.

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