Seeing this made me curious about what other dolls sell for lots more money than I ever spend on dolls on eBay, so I used their "sold" search option, put in "price: highest first" for the sort option and searched the entire, simple "doll" category. What comes up are antique bisque and china dolls, the highest price being $20,000; old Barbies (of course! yuck); one old Cabbage Patch (double yuck!); and, most surprising to me, a large number of contemporary reborn baby dolls, the highest price being about $14,500. Also surprising to me, hardly any other contemporary ball jointed dolls (I'm assuming that most folk who buy the expensive, more mass-produced resin bjd's buy direct from the companies that make them?)
This has made me think a lot about the relative value of "things" in our society. And please, don't get me wrong, I do feel that everyone is entitled to spend their own money however they want. And if they have $40,000 and they want a $40,000 doll, then they should have it. Same as if they wanted an $Xmillion painting by vanGogh. But ...... how can a doll (yes, and even I was about to say "only a doll"!) be worth $40,000?? How can a doll be worth more than most of the people in the world will ever earn in their lifetime?? Recently one of my neighbors who is a teacher at the local public school has been asking us if we could help finance some of the under-privileged kids in her sixth grade class so they could go on the annual sixth grade trip to space camp in Alabama. The cost for each child is around $372. The money someone is going to be spending on this doll would send more than one hundred kids to space camp. The money I myself have spent on dolls in the last fifteen years would send quite a few kids (but certainly not one hundred!) How can a "life size", "a--to--cally correct" reborn baby doll be worth $14,500 when that same $14,500 could buy a lot of food, clothing, medicine for a real baby?
These are rhetorical questions. I have no answer. Am I a hypocrite because by tomorrow I'll stop wondering about this and continue to enjoy my own dolls, and continue to spend money on them (but not $40,000!!)?? Well, at least helping a kid go to space camp will make me feel a little better! R.
Update 01.31.15 - well, someone is apparently willing to spend $76,500 on this doll. To me, that is ..... ridiculous, if not slightly obscene. But that's just my own opinion ...... I bet eBay is running in delirious circles of joy. R.