When you have all the money you could ever need, what sort of things would you spend some of it on? It turns out there are some interesting "toys", and other things, that every millionaire, or billionaire for that matter, like to buy themselves.
Here we explore some of the rarest toys in the world and uncover some of the toys that the world's richest people splash out on.
What are the rarest toys?
While some toys from your childhood are priceless and irreplaceable to you, there are others that are genuinely rare. Some of them can even fetch a fine price at auction (if you are lucky enough to find them).
Some of the rarest toys in the world are as follows (credit to thechive.com): -
- Steiff bears - These are some of the rarest, and most valuable, toys in the world. Many are well over 100 years old and can fetch between $10 and $50 K at auction.
- Mego Elastic Batman - The last one to appear at auction sold for an amazing 15,000 dollars. It is estimated that only two still exist today.
- Rocket Firing Boba Fett - Originally a mail-order only Star Wars toy, this Boba Fett is one of the rarest toys in the world. Kenner had to recall and replace large amounts of them for fear of safety issues. They can fetch anywhere between $1,000 and $150,000 at auction.
- 1982 World’s Fair Astronaut B PEZ Dispenser - "This rare promotional item was given out at the 1982 World’s Fair, one with a blue stem and blue astronaut helmet and the other with a green stem and white helmet. That’s it… there are only those 2." - thechive.com.
- 1969 Hot Wheels VW Beach Bomb - Only two prototypes of this Hot Wheels toy were ever made. It was never actually released to the public. In an episode of "Pawn Stars," one of them sold for $125,000 in 2011.
What toys from the '80s are worth money?
There are many toys from your own childhood that may actually have a real monetary value. Some of them are highly sought after by collectors, and if yours are still in pretty decent condition you might want to consider parting with them.
Some of the most valuable toys of the 80s are as follows (credit to cheatsheet.com) : -
- Rainbow Brite doll.
- Cabbage Patch Kids dolls.
- 1984 Care Bear doll.
- Glitter and Gold Jem doll.
- 1983 Strawberry Shortcake Doll House.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures.
- 1986 Masters of the Universe Play Set.
Which Barbie dolls are valuable?
Barbie dolls first appeared in the late 1950s and have since become one of the most popular toys in the world. Some models are very rare and are highly sort after by collectors.
Here are some of the most valuable Barbie dolls in the world (credit to thegamer.com) : -
- Barbie By Stefano Centuri - $302,500
- Barbie And The Diamond Castle - $94,800
- 40th Anniversary Barbie By De Beers - $85,000
- Original Barbie - $27,450
- Barbie In “Midnight Red” - $17,091
- Pink Diamond Barbie - $15,000
- Barbie By Lorraine Schwartz - $7,500
- Marie Antoinette Barbie - $1,250
- Barbie By Devi Kroell - $1,075
- Pink Splendor Barbie - $385 +
Five toys every millionaire techie should own
Since millionaires have some spending money (unless it's all tied up in investments), they probably have most of the things they've ever really wanted. But there are some amazing things that money can buy, especially if they love tech.
Here are some examples from the ultra-wealthy around the world. Granted most, if not all, of the following, are billionaires but millionaires could also consider buying some of these.
1. Film memorabilia is a good choice
Making his fortune by building the highly successful Chick-fil-A fast-food chain, S. Truett Cathy decided to splash out on a new, unique, toy. With an estimated wealth of $2 Billion, he spent some of his cash on the 1992 Batman Returns batmobile.
This iconic vehicle was a practical bargain costing only $250,000. Not a bad price for a piece of movie history.
It's also a pretty badass piece of memorabilia.
2. How about a World War II airplane?
Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, has a penchant for old aircraft it seems. With an estimated wealth of $21 billion, he loves to buy, collect, and restore WWII-era aircraft.
To date, he has over 20 of them, and they are stored in a hangar at Paine Field, Everett, Washington. It is even open to the public if you fancy a visit.
If money was no object who wouldn't want to own a piece of military and engineering history? Just imagine owning your own P-51 Mustang or Focke Wulf FW 190-A.
3. Maybe you could consider some very old books?
Speaking of Microsoft, Bill Gates also likes to buy rare items from history. Back in 1994 he actually bought one of Leonardo Da Vinci's journals for an around $30.8 million.
Called the Codex Leicester, it is one of 30 surviving works from Da Vinci himself. After purchasing it, Bill had the entire manuscript digitally scanned.
4. What about a mini-submarine?
Back in 2013, Elon Musk got his hands on the 1977 James Bond Lotus Esprit. The Tesla CEO reportedly paid $866,000 this iconic piece of film history.
The Lotus Esprit appeared in the 1977 James Bond film "The Spy Who Loved Me" and it famously transformed into a submarine. Musk wants to try to make a real version of it at some point.
5. Fine art is always a popular choice
There is more to life than just tech and it always pays to develop an appreciation for the arts.
In fact, many of the ultra-rich spend a portion of their wealth on fine art. One example is Ronald Lauder, the heir to the Estee Lauder cosmetics company.
With an estimated wealth of $3.2 billion, he has amassed an art collection worth around $650 million. "He got a Kirchner for $38.1 million and in 2006 spent $135 million on a portrait by Klimt -- the third most expensive painting ever sold." - businessinsider.