Prepare to be more than a little surprised, because this is not your typical children's toy. This particular dollhouse, dubbed the Astolat Dollhouse Castle, has been officially appraised at an estimated worth of $8.5 million. That's one expensive dollhouse, right?
Designed by artist Elaine Diehl and completed over 13 years with contributions from craftsmen all over the world, you only need to take a quick peek at the inside of this house to understand that it is worth a good deal of money. The massive dollhouse has 29 rooms, weighs over 800 pounds and includes over 10,000 pieces that were either purchased or commissioned as decorative items. Such items include a miniature portrait hanging on a wall, worth $1,840, and a miniature 1949 Jeep Station Wagon, worth around $3,300. Yes, you read that correctly: over $3,000 for a miniature, toy car.
The Astolat Dollhouse Castle is about to embark on a tour, starting with a time on public display in New York, to raise money for a variety of children's charities. Check out the incredible structure below.
The Astolat Dollhouse Castle was designed and built over 13 years by a famous Colorado artist and miniaturist named Elaine Diehl.
Diehl purchased and commissioned the decorations and various props found inside the house, like this miniature polar bear rug.
These chairs are actually made of gold.
Its elaborate appearance and absolutely exorbitant price make it world renowned.
With 29 rooms, it stands at nine feet tall.
Just the exterior of the dollhouse took a year to create.
Diehl used the help of gold and silversmiths as well as glass blowers and carpenters. Their expertise helps make the interior decoration that much more incredible.
Some of the furniture was purchased from art collectors.
New York will be the first tour stop for this amazing creation, where it will be in the fall of this year.
This miniature grand piano alone is worth $7,000.
The dollhouse isn't entirely finished, though. New items are still being purchased and added as special creations come along.
No wonder it's so expensive - just look at the craftsmanship on this tiny rocking horse.
Diehl notes that she drew inspiration for the dollhouse from "Lady of the Lake," by Alfred Tennyson. Can you feel the influence?
Now that you've had the general tour, what do you think: does its high price tag make sense to you now, or are you still wondering about how a miniature piano could cost so much money on its own? To find out more about the Astolat Dollhouse Castle, its backstory and its upcoming tour, check out the website here.