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The World’s Most Expensive Dollhouse: The $8.5 Million Astolat Dollhouse Castle

This dollhouse costs more than a fully furnished condo in New York city!

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Imagine having a dollhouse that costs more than a fully-furnished condo in New York City! This insanely-detailed and extravagantly-furnished dollhouse comes with all sorts of accessories from luxurious furnishings, working fireplaces, stained glass windows, real oil painting, mirrors, and even miniature jewelry and fine rugs. This marvelous creation and its furnishings were meticulously handcrafted by artisans from all over the globe.

The Astolat Dollhouse Castle took thirteen years to create (from 1974 to 1987) and it’s the brainchild of Colorado-based miniaturist Elaine Diehl. She was inspired by a poem by Alfred Tennyson about the Lady of the Lake, and this incited her to create the astounding creation.

Here’s what the massive 9-foot tall dollhouse looks like from the outside.

The creation of the dollhouse was inspired by Lord Alfred Tennyson's poem called the Lady of the Lake, a character from the Arthurian legend.

The exteriors of the Astolat Dollhouse Castle are no more extravagant than its interiors.

Within the castle are up to 10,000 miniature pieces.

And each piece is intricately handmade by artisans from all over the world.

Even the artwork displayed in each room was made by hand.

Take a look at the intricate crochet work in the bed covers!

And of course, there's food for the inhabitants of the dollhouse, too.

The dollhouse even has an electrical lighting system.

And you can be sure that there are lights in every room of this massive 7-level dollhouse.

The Astolat Dollhouse Castle has 7 levels, from the Knight of Columbus room in the basement to the Wizard's tower on top.

The fifth floor has all the sleeping quarters for both residents and guests of the castle.

Here's a look at the basement kitchen. It's got more pots and pans than most modern kitchens!

Their toilets even have miniature rolls of toilet paper!

And the library contains hundreds of books, some of which are copies of centuries-old tomes!

To give you an idea of just how massive the Astolat Dollhouse Castle is, here is curator Dorothy Twining Globus from the New York Exhibition standing beside the 9-foot tall castle!

The Astolat Dollhouse was originally displayed in Diehl’s museum shop in Sedona, Arizona until 1996. It was then moved to the Nassau County Museum of Art when it was acquired by collector L. Freeman, who also did upgrades on the dollhouse’s interiors. There are about 30,000 miniature pieces in the Astolat Dollhouse Castle collection, which is rotated with only about 10,000 displayed at any one time.

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16th Century Boxwood Carvings Are So Tiny You Need X-Rays to View Them

Researchers need x-rays just to view the hidden intricacies of these carvings!

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Boxwood carvings went into fashion between the 1500s and the 1530s in Netherlands. They contain intricate carvings of religious events and figures that Catholics could carry around with them wherever they go. However, when the Reformation began, these tiny works of art quickly went out of fashion.

There are only 135 known miniature boxwood carvings and researchers are eager to study them all. However, in order to preserve the carvings, researchers must use micro-CT scanning and Advanced 3D Analysis Software to see the inner layers and hidden details of these carvings.

These boxwood carvings can fit an entire story in the palm of your hand! This one depicts the Annunciation and the Adoration of the Magi.

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This Danish Company Creates the World’s Most Awesome Playgrounds

These innovative playgrounds are designed to stimulate your kids’ minds during playtime.

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MONSTRUM is a company founded by Ole Barslund Nielsen and Christian Jensen, and their main goal is to create whimsical playgrounds designed around stories. These playgrounds not only let kids play and get their exercise but the playground itself can also stimulate their minds as they enact elaborate stories!

MONSTRUM's playgrounds often have an aquatic theme, like this 15-meter-long Blue Whale in Plikta Park in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Source: MONSTRUM
Another whale creation, this time a sperm whale, can be found just outside Denmark's North Sea Oceanarium.

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Listen To The Oldest Music Composed by Man, Dating Back to 1400 BC!

Mika Castro

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Have you ever pondered when did man started making music? Or have you thought what the oldest music sounds like? The answer to those questions were found by archaeologists at an excavation in Ras Shamra, Syria during the 1950s.

In an expedition there, archaeologists excavated Babylonian cuneiform tablets with what looked like musical melody. Carbon dating suggests that the musical inscriptions were at least 3,500 years old dating back to at least 1400-1700 B.C. So far, this is recognized as the oldest music composed by mankind.

The Four-part ancient musical composition

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