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"As Christmas approaches, it's impossible not to think of toys. So to celebrate the festive season, Wikicollecting presents a list of ten of the most expensive classic children's toys ever sold."
Toy soldier - $200,000
G.I Joe was the world’s first action figure, and he’s also the most valuable. The first prototype of the All-American Hero, hand carved and painted in 1963 by his inventor Don Levine, was sold at a Heritage auction in 2003.
Barbie doll - $302,500
The world’s most expensive Barbie Doll has some serious bling about her. Created in 2007 by the Australian designer Stefano Canturi, the doll wore a black strapless party dress, black stilettos and a necklace featuring a one carat pink diamond surrounded by three carat white diamonds.
Monopoly - $146,500
Hand-made by the game’s purported inventor Charles Darrow, the set features a circular board cut from oilcloth along with hand-made hotels and printed instructions. It was sold at Sotheby's in December 2010 as part of the Malcolm Forbes Toy Collection for a record price of $146,500.