Dolls have been around for a very long time. Humans are very maternal/paternal and empathetic beings, so crafting toys that are meant to be taken care of like a baby just makes sense. On this list, you’re going to see that we’ve gone from clay to diamond dolls.
You could probably buy a car or even a house with the money people can spend on the dolls on this list. There is wealthy and then there is just absurd richness in which you can buy a $5 million dollar doll. These are dolls that are often bought by celebrities and those who live off old money.
Trust us when we say you do not want your kids playing with these dolls. Imagine turning around and seeing a kid say, “She wants to go swimming!” as they dunk a $300,000 Barbie in the public pool. No, these dolls are statements more than they are toys. They are meant to sit in glass cabinets as luxurious food for the eyes. Maybe in a couple hundred years, they will be creepy and haunted-like too because they watched the lives and deaths of numerous rich people.
What is most fascinating is what makes these dolls so expensive. Is it the materials, or something more?
This list will countdown to the most expensive doll we could find.
28 Devi Kroell Barbie Doll - $1,075
Sold at a charity auction for the Council of Fashion Designers in 2010, this doll is expensive due to its high-fashion accessories. This Barbie was both Mattel and Devi Kroell’s creation. Devi Kroell is famous for her high-class Italian-made handbags and purses. Only one copy of the doll with the golden boots exists, and it was the one sold at the 2010 auction.
The boots and handbag are certainly the most stunning aspect of this doll. She looks ready for the red carpet.
27 Marie Antoinette Barbie - $1,250
This doll looks like an 18th-century goddess. She honestly looks like she belongs in a museum. She holds porcelain roses and her dress hides pantaloons with blue satin ribbon shoes.
She is based on the Marie Antoinette who became Queen of France when King Louis XVI was crowned.
The dress is so luxurious looking with its golden fringe, layers, tassels, and bows. You could hide an entire other doll under this doll’s dress from how poof it is. Many girls have dreamed of trying on a dress like this just once.
26 Mint Condition Kirsten Larson And Accessories - $2,000
Due to this model being retired in 2010, her price skyrocketed. She was a fan favorite by collectors due to her simple but pretty design. Kirsten Larson is one of the first three historical dolls in the series, with her backstory being a Swedish immigrant living in Minnesota. She was released in 1986. The price will probably only get higher with time since Kirsten is one of the original three of a famous doll line. With a good condition and many accessories, this doll can make up to $2,000 dollars.
25 James Dudley Cabbage Patch Kid - $3,000
Cabbage Patch Kids was one of the most popular toy brands in the 1980s. If you have one of these dolls from the 80s, then you might be sitting on a good sum of cash.
Collectors pay well for what’s considered a vintage Cabbage Patch Kid.
This particular one goes to 1985, making it have its expensive price. Also, the fact that it’s still in its box increased the price a ton. These 80s dolls are well known for their vinyl heads and fabric bodies.
24 Volland Raggedy Ann And Andy Dolls - $3,000
Having been copyrighted in 1915, these famous dolls are more than 100 years old. These dolls can be auctioned up to $3,000 dollars and can be recognized by feeling their cardboard hearts inside. While known for being redheaded, these dolls were originally made with dark hair so the darker hair ones typically go for more cash. These dolls came with their own books, clothes, and accessories, but it’s only the dolls themselves that really make more than a modest sum.
23 Lorraine Schwartz Barbie - $7,500
So what makes this Barbie so special? It was designed by Lorraine Schwartz, a famous New York City jewelry designer whose creations have been worn by celebrities like Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez. This doll sold for $7,500 at a 2010 auction.
That sounds like a good deal of cash, but the jewelry alone on this doll was actually valued to be $25,000.
The diamond accessories that set this doll up to be so expensive included earrings, diamond trimmed high heels, bracelets, and a signature “B” pendant. Only twelve copies of this doll were made by Mattel.
22 Louis Vuitton Monogram Teddy Bear - $9,000
This bear is limited edition, with only 500 copies in the world. It’s also the only teddy bear that Louis Vuitton has ever made. Louis Vuitton is a French luxury retail company that was founded back in the 1800s, so they are a bit of a big deal.
As you may have noticed, the Louis Vuitton logo is all over this bear, making it pretty unmistakable.
This bear was released in 2004 and comes with a cowhide leather collar. It’s $9,000 price tag is the average current retail price!
21 Teal Blue English Farnell Teddy Bear - $11,000
In the 1920s, most bears came in the colors of orange, gold, and brown. The company of Farnell however, made a limited number of teal blue bears. About ten years ago, one of these bears sold at a Sotheby’s auction for $11,000 dollars and it was not even in mint condition!
Farnell is the company that made Britain’s first teddy bear in 1906.
So the value of these teal teddy bears come from their company, their age of nearly 100 years, and their limited number.
20 Mego Elastic Batman - $15,000
Only two of these dolls are known to exist. Mego created this toy in 1979 but toy company Kenner sued Mego due for this elastic Batman being too similar to their “Stretch Armstrong” product line. This ended Mego Elastic Batman, making him one of the rare and expensive dolls that can sell for $15,000 at an auction. Yes, one sold for $15,000 in 2006 at an auction. Someone needed that Batman toy more than putting that money towards a vacation to Fiji or a new car.
19 Pink Diamond Barbie - $15,000
This Barbie was designed by Phillipe and David Blond of The Blonds and was revealed during New York Fashion Week in spring 2013. The doll was auctioned off for charity towards the MAC Aids Fund organization.
For those that don’t know, The Blonds is a luxury apparel brand based in New York City.
Noticing a bit of a trend here when it comes to these dolls and pricey New York clothing brands? It’s a clever business technique to draw attention to your brand, and it sounds fun to make dolls.
18 Vinyl Cap Jawa - $18,000
This toy is rare due to the toy company, Kenner, deciding to replace the vinyl robe with a cloth one. The reason for that change was the toy’s price was deemed too high for the toy’s size so they made the material cloth to make buyers feel like they were getting their money’s worth.
However, this made the vinyl cap rare and it can fetch a ton of money from Star War figurine collectors. Be careful though, as many fake vinyl cap Jawa’s have been getting in the market lately.
17 Signed Bebe Mothereau Doll - $18,500
What makes these dolls expensive is their old age and rarity. They were created by a Frenchman named Alexandre Mothereau in the 1800s. His doll making business started in 1880 and ended in 1895. In its fifteen years of business, oddly very few Bebe dolls came out to existence.
This particular price is for a Bebe Mothereau Doll that is signed by Mothereau himself.
The bodies of the dolls had odd proportions, with wooden upper limbs and rounded-joint lower limbs, thin torsos, and small hands and feet.
16 Life-Sized Megumi Kato – $19,600
Only ten of these dolls exist and they might be one of the most expensive and exclusive of any anime figurine collection. The fun part is that this figurine is taller than five feet! Megumi Kato is from a manga and anime called How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend. The figure was created by Aniplex.
Not only did you have to purchase this figurine, but you also had to win a drawing to have the privilege to have a chance to pay and receive it in the first place.
15 G.I Joe Manimals Vortex Figure - $20,000
Manimals were a subset of the G.I Joe Star Bridgade collection. The line was canceled before it got to stores. Six figurines are part of the set known as Spasma, Vortex, Zig Zag, Iguanus, Slythor, and Warwolf.
As you can imagine, these were Transformer-like figures whose gag was Transformer-like abilities like changing shape.
Despite not making it to the market, a variety of the models were produced and somehow made it out into the world of eBay. This picture is of Vortex, which sold on eBay for 20,000 dollars.
14 Original Superman Action Figure - $25,000
“Original” is a big and serious word in the world of collectors. For this figure, “original,” means that this Superman figurine was the first to be produced and licensed by the Ideal Toy Company in 1939.
Some collectors even boast that this was the first superhero action figure of any sort.
Most of these figures have to be professionally restored. The cape rarely survives, so often times the cape is not original and is tacked on. Definitely get it restored by a professional though since they will know what to keep original and what to fix up.
13 Mint Condition Original Barbie - $27,450
The first-ever Barbie doll came out in 1959. She wore a black a white bathing suit and had golden hair and blue eyeshadow. Typically these rare and vintage Barbie dolls go for $8,000, but one in mint condition has sold for $27,450.
According to The Richest, the first edition models have holes on the bottoms of their feet. At the time of its release, this Barbie was marketed as a “Teenage Fashion Model.” Back then, this doll was only three dollars!
12 Michael Lau's Gardener Uncle - $35,000
He’s no Pink Diamond Barbie, but don’t let the doll’s lack of fancy clothes fool you. This figurine was made by an award-winning Chinese artist, Michael Lau. The character, Gardener Uncle, is from a comic strip from East Touch magazine.
Lau is known for his designer toys, pop art, and pop surrealism.
Only a few copies of “Uncle” have been made, thus the incredible amount it costs to get one. The figure comes with a grocery bag and a skateboard.
11 Marina Bychkova (Enchanted Doll) - $42,473.41
The look of Canadian artist, Marina Bychkova’s, dolls definitely transport you to an enchanted world. It takes between 150 to 300 hours for her to finish a doll. She makes everything from their elaborate outfits, painted bodies, and their porcelain models. Some of her dolls even touch difficult subjects like breast cancer.
This Bychkova doll called “Daphne in Disguise” or “The Mystery of the Venetian Carnival,” sold at an auction for $42,473.41. Though the most expensive of her dolls has sold for $75,000!
10 Steiff Dicky Bear - $53,803
This teddy bear is from the 1930s. It’s unique as it was a lower-priced bear at the time to suit the financial deprecation going on from the Depression.
Now, in the 2000s, one of these teddys sold for $53,803 at Christie’s in London.
The bear is five-way jointed. Earliest models of it had paw pads made of velvet and later models used felt. It has a squeaker on the side and a button in its ear. Its eyes just beg for rich people cuddles.
9 Blue Ivy’s Barbie Doll - $80,000
This custom-made diamond-encrusted doll was a birthday gift for Blue Ivy, Beyonce and Jay Z’s baby. The baby turned one year old in 2013 and the parents made sure to spend on extravagance for their little girl. They spent a fortune to throw the daughter a rich party including a $2,000 dollar cake, $33,000 dollars’ worth of gifts and toys for the gusts, and over $50,000 in rose decorations. Blue Ivy’s doll included 160 gems and white gold jewelry.
8 Barbie And The Diamond Castle Promotional Barbie – $95,361
This doll was made to promote the movie, Barbie and the Diamond Castle. It was introduced in Mexico City. She was not for sale, but the value was calculated anyway. She features 318 diamonds. Forty-four gems adorn her dress and the rest decorate her white gold accessories.
Giancarlo Melloni, Barbie brand manager in Mexico, has said the film "whose main theme is diamonds," touches on topics important to girls such as "friendship, music and shiny jewels." How much more Barbie can you get?
7 Steiff Titanic Mourning Bear - $136,000
Only about 500 of these dark teddy bears exist. These bears were created in the weeks following the Titanic sinking in the early 1900s. They were an English market exclusive and were known to sell out practically overnight.
No wonder these are known to be one of the most rare and collectible teddy bears in the world!
A 19 inch Titanic Mourning Bear with its Steiff button and tag still intact managed to sell at an auction for $136,000 dollars.
6 Original G.I. Joe - $200,000
Yes, $200,000 dollars were spent on a G.I Joe figure on eBay in 2003. The toy soldier was made is 1963 and was a prototype, making it very valuable for collectors. As a collector, you can pull out the toy and say, “I have the G.I Joe Model that all other models were later based on.”
Its price puts it far beyond other rare figures like Snake-Eyes from the first or second series or Cobra Commander. Trust us that you wouldn’t want your original G.I Joe figure to pull any action stunts.
5 Stefano Canturi Barbie Or Diamond Barbie -$302,500
This Stefano Canturi Barbie currently stands as the world most expensive Barbie doll. It took Canturi, an internationally renowned jewelry designer, six months to create this Barbie. A centerpiece of this doll is her diamond Cubism necklace that has white diamond circling around a one carat Australian Argyle pink diamond.
She also wears a Canturi diamond ring.
The doll sold for $302,000 dollars in 2010 at an Auction at Christie’s in New York City. All proceeds were also donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
4 Kämmer & Reinhardt Life-Like Doll - $400,000
The price for this doll is definitely not for the bling, like the many Barbie’s on this list. K&R dolls are rare since they come from 1800s Germany. This doll that sold for $400,000 dollars at an auction portrays a young girl in the early 1900s.
No other example of this doll is known, which is why it sold for so much. Collectors have hypothesized this doll may have been made with an experimental mold. More of these unqiue K&R dolls are out there for thousands of dollars.
3 Steiff Louis Vuitton Teddy Bear - $2.1 million
This is the world’s most expensive teddy bear, created together with Steiff and luxury brand Louis Vuitton. It sold at a Moncao charity auction in 2000 for $2.1 million. The buyer was a famous collector, Jessie Kim.
Now the bear can be found at Korea’s Teddy Bear Museum in Jeju.
The bear’s accessories are all designer brand and the suitcase is a miniature Louis Vuitton suitcase. Having the title of the most expensive teddy bear in the world is definitely museum-worthy.
2 Madame Alexander Eloise- $5 million
Only five of these dolls exist in the world. The toy’s namesake is also the doll designer, Madame Alexander, who handmade the doll. The doll wears Christian Dior clothes, Oscar de la Renta fur, and Katherine Baumann accessories, all very luxurious brands.
If that’s not enough, the doll is decorated with Swarovski crystals and nine-carat diamonds.
Each of the five existing dolls come with other accessories as well. They each come with their own pet dog. This doll is definitely meant for a glass cabinet and not a toy chest.
1 L'Oiseleur (The Bird Trainer) - $6.25 million
How is this doll so expensive? It’s not only a doll, but a automaton. It works on over 2,000 different pieces of metal parts. At four feet tall, this doll comes with a sword, flute, pair of singing birds, and embroidered Renaissance garb.
After being wound with a golden key, The Bird Trainer plays on his flute, his eyes dart around, and the birds sing along and move. There is no electricity involved, only springs and gears. This work was created in a Swiss workshop by twelve craftsmen led by Chris Bailly.