Hailing from the 1930s, an extraordinary dolls’ house brings us a slice of Hollywood glamour in the form of silent film star and life-long doll enthusiast Colleen Moore’s spectacular $7m Fairy Castle.
The elaborate set boasts a treasure trove of replicas and furnishings, ranking among its adornments several miniature paintings with famous creators including Walt Disney as well as the smallest Bible ever written.
Colleen’s delight in her dream castle also blossomed into a valiant effort on behalf of the children of the United States, since she put it to work as a star attraction on tour raising money for children’s charities in most states’ major cities during the 1930s.
In 1949 it made its final journey to the museum, where it remains today a major attraction enjoyed by millions.
Conservation operations in the autumn will bring formerly concealed artefacts to the fore on full display.
The Fairy Castle stands as a magnificent testament to the feats which can be achieved by plenty of innovation, effort and, of course, imaginative passion for the creation of miniature worlds!