New Yorkers are used to apartments costing the earth but the idea of a dollhouse costing $8.5 million is ridiculous. Well right now the Astolat Dollhouse Castle is visiting New York and available for you to go and have a look at, see details below. And yes it’s valued at $8.5 million
The valuation becomes a litle more believable when you find out it took 13 years to build and top craftsmen made all the 10,000+ tiny miniature carpets, furniture, oil paintings, china and flatware on display in it’s rooms. So perhaps it is valued at that but would you spend that amount on an actual Manhattan apartment or on a dollhouse if given the choice?
It is without a doubt an outstanding example of the art of miniatures regardless of its enormous value, and New York kids of all ages are going to love it.
It is privately owned and NYC is the first stop on an international tour by this magnificent dollhouse, a tour designed to gain doantion to children’s charities. So while you can go and see it for free between November 8th and December 12th at the Shops at Columbus Circle, you are encouraged to make swuch a doantion when you visit. It can be seen daily on the 2nd floor mezzanine each day during normal retail hours.
However NYC has it’s very own multi million dollar dollhouse. It’s the Stettheimer Dollhouse, housed on the second floor of the Museum of the City Of New York in a permanent exhibtion. It was created over a 20 year period by Carrie Stettheimer, see the video below. She made most of the furniture and decorations herself with contributions from avante-garde artist friends of hers.
It is historically accurate for the 1920′s period and given the time it took to create, it’s beauty and it’s history, it is undoubtedly worth many millions but as it is one of the treasures of the Museum it is not of course for sale. The Museum is at 1220 fifth Ave at 103rd street and if you love dollhouses and miniatures you should definitely go and see it. it is very beautiful.
If you feel inspired by these beautiful Dollhouses you may wish to buy a dollhouse and start furnishing it with miniatures. This is a store in town that can help you do that the Tiny Doll House at 314 E 78th Street btw 1st and 2nd Avenues.
With very helpful staff, you can just go along and have a look or you can do what lots of collectors do, buy a small miniature teaset or a miniature toy such as a car. Just having one small miniature can be immensely satisfying. While a whole dollhouse complete with miniature furniture and household items can be pretty pricey, just one piece won’t be very expensive and you can enjoy it.