A dollhouse or doll's house is a miniature toy made from hand. They have been very popular among kids for centuries now, and they're also a hobby and collection for most adults. The term dollhouse is widely used in the US and Canada, while dolls house is more commonly used in the UK.
The history of these toys that we know today can be traced back hundreds of years ago from Europe's baby house display cases, which showcased idealized interiors. During those times, doll's houses are handcrafted. However, after World War II and the Industrial Revolution, they were produced in massive numbers thus becoming more commercialized and affordable. Their style can range from simple stacked boxes where children can use the various rooms to play to complex ones displayed at museums and worth millions.
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Top 5 Most Expensive Doll’s Houses in History
A doll’s house isn’t just your ordinary toy you can play with. There are dolls houses which cost millions and here’s a list of top 10 most expensive dollhouse made by The Richest:
- Queen Mary’s Dolls house. One of the most incomparable dollhouses ever created, Queen Mary's cousin, Princess Marie Louise, shared her ideas with top British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens to create this dollhouse. With over 1,500 artisans and craftsmen, they gifted the dollhouse to Queen Mary, from the people, for her dedicated presence in WWI. It served as a portrayal of how the aristocratic homes might look like during the 1920s - furnished with great detail and miniature items that can be found in the Windsor Castle.
- The Astolat Dolls house. This dolls house was built by Colorado miniaturist Elaine Diehl, from 1974-1987. Having the luxury to commission artisans and miniaturists from all over the world, this house consists of over 100,000 handcrafted and high standard quality pieces. Diehl used a 1:1 scale - giving the impression of a realistic-sized interior with any photo taken.
- Stettheimer’s Dolls house. The Steittheimer Sisters were very wealthy German-Jewish women during the 1900s. So wealthy and powerful that they smoked, drank, wore pants, and interacted with artists and writers.
- Chicago’s Fairy Castle. Built by American silent film actress Colleen Moore, this castle took seven years to complete. From 1928 to 1935, a humongous amount of work has gone into the magnificent twelve-room, fairy-tale castle. There is a drawing room, great hall, chapel, library, princess’ and prince's bathroom and bedroom, attic and a magic garden. During the Great Depression, it toured all of America and raised $700,000 for children’s charities.
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