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The world’s most expensive dolls’ house?

July 20th, 2011

What would be your perfect dolls’ house?  How about a fairy tale castle with chandeliers adorned with real diamonds, emeralds and pearls, as well as marble floors and even murals and paintings created by Walt Disney? 

Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle, which stands over 8 feet tall, is a truly remarkable creation and is on permanent display at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago in the USA where it attracts over 1.5 million visitors each year.

Colleen Moore was one of the most fashionable stars of the silent film era and her love of dolls’ houses inspired her to create the Fairy Castle.  It was begun in 1928 and by 1935 more than 700 individuals had been involved in making it, including surgical instrument lighting specialists, Beverley Hills jewellers and Chinese jade craftsmen.  Her collaborators even included the interior designer who created the interiors for her own actual mansion.

The Fairy Castle boasts a great hall with spiral staircase and marble floor and a princess’ bathroom complete with silver bath tub.  The drawing room incorporates rose quartz and jade from the Chinese royal collection which are almost 500 years old.  The details throughout the Castle are so authentic that even the miniature books in the library are real and the utensils in the kitchen are made of real copper.

When the Fairy Castle was eventually donated to the Chicago museum in 1947, it was valued at half a million dollars.  Just imagine what price it would fetch today if it was ever sold!

You can read more and see pictures of this astounding dolls’ house here.


One Comment to “The world’s most expensive dolls’ house?”

  1. [...] might remember a few weeks ago we featured an amazing dolls’ house called the Fairy Castle which was created by silent movie actress Colleen Moore.  We thought it might be interesting to do [...]

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