Ivory Chinese doll

biggest splurge doll
  • Cost: $10,000

I bought this amazing doll at an antique gallery at the Zona Rosa in Mexico City in 1995. It is so detailed -- the bracelet's movement has the perfection of an art piece, and it has no defects.

I like the history behind these Chinese dolls. Many years ago women weren't allowed to show their bodies to doctors, so they and their husbands took a Chinese doll and explained to the doctor where the pain or medical issue was. It's a great story. --Lorena Del Campo, Mexico City, Mexico

First published June 17, 2014: 11:44 AM ET

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