Our childhood toys often represent years of fond memories and nostalgia. However, not all playthings are made equal. Here’s a look at some of the world’s most valuable toys.
If you’ve been tuning in recently to Pawn Stars Australia, you’ll have some idea of the weird and wonderful trinkets and nick-knacks people hold on to over the years. While there are many possessions that we may discard over the years, some are much harder to let go because of their sentimental value.
Our childhood toys are one such category, with years of fond memories and nostalgia. However, not all toys are made equal, and some cost a little more than a week’s pocket-money to afford.
Here’s a look at some of the world’s most valuable toys.
1) Steiff Louis Vuitton Teddy Bear – US$2.1 million
German teddy bear maker, Steiff is known for producing some of the world’s most sought-after hand-crafted bears. The company was founded back in 1880 by seamstress Margarete Steiff, who overcame a lifetime of health struggles to become the creator of a beloved plush toy company.
While regular Steiff bears are expected to retail for up to a couple of hundred US dollars, the company made history when it collaborated with luxury brand Louis Vuitton for a special edition. A Steiff teddy complete with Louis Vuitton outfit and luggage was purchased for over US$2 million in 2000, and is now housed in a teddy bear museum in Korea.
2) Masterpiece Rubik’s Cube – US$1.5 million
The classic mind-bending Rubik’s Cube is a beloved toy that will have made an appearance in many a childhood. However, this isn’t your average cube.
Created by Diamond Cutters International, the Masterpiece Rubik’s Cube was commissioned in celebration of the company’s 15th anniversary and is covered with gems. While fully functional, this toy is apparently too precious to handle.
3) Ginza Tanaka Gold Rocking Horse – US 1.28 million
Yes, you read right. This golden rocking horse was created by Japanese jeweller, Ginza Tanaka, reportedly in honour of the birth of Prince Hisahito.
This solid gold rocking horse weighs in at just over 30 kilograms, according to Finances Online, with Beyonce and Jay Z believed to have bought a gold Ginza Tanaka Horse for their daughter Blue Ivy, to the tune of US$600,000.