Famous Dollhouses – Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle
One of the most famous and also most beautiful dollhouses of all time, is Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle.
This intricate and elaborate miniature house was the creation of the silent film star Colleen Moore.
Colleen always had a very keen interest in dolls and dollhouses and was fortunate enough to own several elaborate miniature houses as a child.
As an adult, it was her father who suggested that perhaps she should follow her passion and create her own dollhouse. After all, her success as an actress meant that she had the resources needed to create something really fabulous.
From 1928 to 1935 more than 700 people helped Colleen create her dream dollhouse. Her helpers included architects, interior designers, Chinese jade craftsmen and Beverly Hills jewelers.
The final price tag for this amazing dollhouse was almost five hundred thousand dollars… and remember this was back in the 1930s, so that would be an enormous amount in today’s money.
This large 8’7″ x 8’2″ x 7’7″ miniature dwelling contains over 2000 miniature items, including such delights as chandeliers adorned with real diamonds, emeralds and pearls. There is a miniature Royal Doulton Dinner Service, real crystal glasses, paintings and murals painted by Walt Disney and real readable miniature books, including the oldest bible ever written.
Today, the dollhouse which has been renamed the “Fairy Castle” resides in the Museum Of Science And Industry in Chicago. Millions of people from around the world have delighted in viewing the Fairy Castle, since it was donated to the museum in 1949.
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