Collectable toys are usually associated with Hornby trains sets and toy Corgi cars, from sporting memorabilia to rare action comics.
But the girls have a range of exotic toy treasures too. Here are some that will make you blink in disbelief.
It is the doll’s house to dream about – valued of £8m. The amazing Astolat Castle is a masterpiece which took 13 years to create.
It has 29 rooms including a gymnasium, a swimming pool and even a bar with real liquor bottles!
Astolat Castle, named after a castle in the classic poem by Tennyson the Lady of Shallot, was the brainchild of US miniaturist Elaine Diehl. It is held by a US museum and it is constantly evolving. When it does go on display, which isn’t that often, it draws huge crowds and raises thousands of pounds for children’s charities.
Barbie: A diamond doll
Australian jewellery designer Stefano Canturi conjured up the world’s most expensive Barbie doll.
Resplendent in her black strapless evening dress and breath-taking choker necklace with its single carat square-cut pink diamond.
When she was auctioned in 2010 she raised £250,000.
Collectables and within reach…
These outlandish and inspirational examples of girly toys may well be unobtainable. Nevertheless, collecting dolls is still a popular hobby. Some dolls have a value which is not beyond the scope of most people’s pockets.
Blythe dolls, created in the early 1970s by Alison Katzman, have retained their cache and have a cult following.
Blythes have an almost hypnotic presence with their outsized heads and dishy eyes.
They grew popular because they could be so easily be customised. Today they can easily attract four figure sums when sold on line.
The phenomenon that is My Little Pony began in 1982. It’s estimated 150 million ponies were sold in the 1980s.
One devoted MLP collector, Martina Foster, featured in a BBC slot because she had filled her home with between 2,000 and 3,000 ponies with an estimated value between £10,000 and £15,000.
Pippa at the post
Last but not least is Pippa marketed by Palitoy. She quickly gained popularity as “the pocket money fashion doll” among young girls after she made her debut in the 1970s.
Vectis Auctions, in Stockton-on-Tees, has sold Pippa dolls for as much as £1,400 in recent years.
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