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The most expensive Lego sets of all time

We've tracked down the most valuable Lego sets ever made, going back to the 1930s - here's the full list, complete with the latest prices.

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Looking for the most expensive Lego sets in the world? It’s a busy market; some rare Lego sets are sought after as new-in-box collectibles, while others fetch thousands of dollars just for including one or two individual parts not found elsewhere. We’ve dug through the lot to compile this list of the most expensive Lego on the market – ancient and modern.

This isn’t the total of our brick toy wisdom, mind. You might also enjoy our guides to the biggest Lego sets available, the best Lego sets for adults, or – for the scruffy Nerf herders – the best Star Wars Lego sets on offer. Need the latest thing? Try these new Lego sets. Or, if trends aren’t your thing, here’s the best Lego sets of all. For now, though…

Lego Space Command Center

Worth approximately $10,100.

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Lego Space Command Center specifications:
Lego set number 493-1
Year released 1978
Current status Retired
Reasons to buy
  • A charming piece from Lego’s golden age
Reasons to avoid
  • Costs as much as the average small boat

For a very broad sweep of fans, the Lego Space Command Center, and the rest of the nostalgia-inducing classic ‘Space’ line, capture the very heart of what Lego is. Launched in 1978, it’s visual styling and theming continue to influence modern sets, with it sitting front and center of 2014’s Lego Movie thanks to the role of Benny the ‘1980-something Space guy’.

Ask anyone to imagine a LEGO minifigure, and a good number of them will conjure up a vision of an astronaut with the planet logo on their chest; the star of LEGO Space. All of that might explain why the Lego Space Command Center is worth a little over $10,100 (£8,300) today. On launch in the US, it retailed at $24.99.

Offering a moonbase, astronauts, and space buggies, it’s rather charmingly primitive by today’s standards. But in capturing so many childhood memories, it is both the most expensive and most defining Lego set money can buy.

Lego Castle (1978 variant)

Worth approximately $9,900.

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Lego Castle (1978 variant) specifications:
Lego set number 375
Year released 1978
Current status Retired
Reasons to buy
  • Perhaps the most iconic Lego playset ever
Reasons to avoid
  • Banana yellow castle bricks are not historically accurate

Lego builders who can remember the late 1970s and early 1980s will remember that time when Lego Castle sets were vibrant yellow. The most famous of those castles is the 1978 variant, which was one of the most coveted on release, and is now one of the most expensive. The set’s value in mid-2022 hovered around $9,900 (£7,800), according to Lego pricing site Brick Economy – should anyone find one in like-new condition.

The reason for its value? It was the first of the eight ‘classic castles’ released, and like the Lego Space Command Center up top, it utterly captures so many childhood memories of Lego. It’s just that most of us grew into adults without a spare eight grand to put down on Lego.

Not to worry! If you can bear an unboxed played-with version with a part or two missing, you could scoop this Lego Castle for less than $360 (£300). A… bargain?

Lego Cloud City

Worth approximately $9,750.

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Lego Cloud City specifications:
Lego set number 10123
Year released 2003
Current status Retired
Reasons to buy
  • A brilliant play set based on the best original Star Wars movie
Reasons to avoid
  • Volatile prices compared to other Lego collector’s items

The most expensive Lego sets list concludes with – you guessed it – even more Star Wars. First appearing in Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, Cloud City is the floating mining colony where space opera fans first met Lando Calrissian on-screen for the first time.

While (once again) there are multiple iterations of Lego Cloud City, it’s the 10123 set that has the most eye-watering price. Not currently available from retailers, second-hand hunters were paying about $790 (£950) in 2020.

In late 2022, the value of a like-new set had climbed to $3,270 (£2,700). By January 2023, spot prices had soared to over $9,500 (£7,609). After a thousand-dollar price dip in February, as of April 2023, the top end price is at an all-time high of $9,762 (£7,821).

And there you have it – Lego pricing can offer a tempting investment opportunity; and a troubling volatile market.

Lego Creator Expert: Green Grocer

Worth approximately $3,822.

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Lego Creator Expert: Green Grocer specifications:
Lego set number 10185
Year released 2008
Current status Retired
Reasons to buy
  • Lovely, detailed interiors
  • Paved the way for modern Lego Creator sets
Reasons to avoid
  • Tricky to gauge a good price, as it varies by condition

The Lego Creator Expert: Green Grocer set was an early Modular Building introduced in 2008. It was the third in the series, which gave advanced builders a realistic grocery store to put together.

Unlike the previous two Modular Buildings, the Green Grocer came with a highly-detailed interior. While the outside has railings, opening windows, a fire escape, and a courtyard, the inside boasts a fully-furnished first floor, complete with food to sell to minifig customers.

This history lesson should tell you a lot about why this set is so coveted. It’s a beautiful, complex build that’s an important part of Lego history. It was also discontinued in 2010, so sets are somewhat scarce.

Nowadays, you can pick one up for anywhere between $800 and $4,000, depending on condition. Our current price estimate is based on a sale made on eBay in September 2023.

Lego wooden toys

Worth approximately $2,000.

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Lego wooden toys specifications:
Lego set number Predates set numbers
Year released 1935
Current status Retired
Reasons to buy
  • The oldest Lego sets you can get your hands on
  • Cute as all hell
Reasons to avoid
  • Difficult to find in good condition

This is a particularly fun and fascinating one. We won’t list a single set here – because we’re talking about the Lego wooden toys the company made from 1932 until 1960, before it moved onto plastic.

The 1935 Lego Duck might be the most famed. Multiple Lego ‘Quacking Duck’ toys were made in the 1930s and 1940s, but it is the 1935 version that was and is the most iconic, pushing its value today to $2,000 (£1,649). Indeed, it’s so popular that in 2022 Lego released a plastic brick version, set 40501 – officially named The Wooden Duck, of course.

There are a host of other gorgeous wooden Lego toys from that era, from fixed axle yo-yos to absurdly stylish VW Vans. And the beautiful Lego Chevrolet Bel Air Car Nr 600, which in 1957 set a new standard for the toy firm’s wooden line, even featuring real rubber tires. The Lego Bel Air doesn’t sell often, but tends to command around $1,000 (£824). We can but dream!

Lego Millennium Falcon

Worth up $1,750 used when new set stocks run out.

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Lego Millennium Falcon specifications:
Lego set number 75192
Year released 2017
Current status Available, but often goes out of stock
Reasons to buy
  • Easily one of the all-time best Star Wars Lego sets
Reasons to avoid
  • Used prices run to over double RRP when the Lego store runs out of stock

There are few pieces of Star Wars memorabilia more iconic than the Lego Millennium Falcon. In fact, this entry in the guide is so memorable that you can still order a box from the Lego store – but you will have to backorder it, and it’s going to cost you $850 (£735).

Under $1,000 might seem like small fry, but the relative scarcity of this set means that the used set sellers are the ones really driving up the price.

The 75192 Collector’s Set – which Lego calls “the largest, most detailed Lego Star Wars Millennium Falcon model we’ve ever created” – is the box to beat, which has sold on eBay recently for anywhere between $500 and $1,750.

Heck, we’ve seen people try to sell the instructions alone for $60. Read our list of the best Lego Star Wars sets for more like this.

Lego Statue of Liberty

Worth approximately $1,660.

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Lego Statue of Liberty specifications:
Lego set number 3450
Year released 2000
Current status Retired
Reasons to buy
  • Symbolizes the American Dream of liberty and opportunity
Reasons to avoid
  • Like the American Dream, it’s expensive and difficult to attain

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled bricks yearning to build free.” Okay, so maybe that isn’t exactly what it says on the Lego Statue of Liberty, but it probably would if it was large enough to have a readable plaque. This is a symbol of freedom that you can fit on your table without having to take a trip to New York.

Once again, there are multiple Lego sets designed to imitate the great American landmark. The 21042 model from Lego’s Architecture series is still available from the Lego shop for a meager $118 (£90) – while the 3450 Lego Statue of Liberty sold for a whopping $1,661 (£1,366) at the close of 2022.

Lego Batman: The Tumbler

Worth approximately $1,500.

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Lego Batman: The Tumbler specifications:
Lego set number 7888
Year released 2008
Current status Retired
Reasons to buy
  • Arguably the coolest Batmobile
  • Worth it just for the Joker’s ice cream truck
Reasons to avoid
  • Far too expensive on the average Gotham City salary

If you’re super into your Batman comics and lore, you’ll already know that the Tumbler is the name of the off-road military vehicle Bruce Wayne uses in the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy. If you didn’t already know that, you may know the car by its more common name – The Batmobile.

There are many different versions of Lego Batman: The Tumbler in the brick-i-verse. More common sets like the Lego Batman Tumbler Set For Adults can be picked up more easily from online retailers for around $260 (£200). However, the rarest of the rare is The Tumbler: Joker’s Ice Cream Surprise, which comes with a sugary escape vehicle and the Clown Prince of Crime himself.

It’s clear from second-hand sales of The Tumbler: Joker’s Ice Cream Surprise that crime does, in fact, pay. Unboxed and played-with, this version of Lego Batman: The Tumbler goes for around $300 on Ebay – but boxed, like-new sets crop up far less often and fetch $1000 minimum; one sold for around $1,500 (£1,146) on eBay in 2022.

For more like this, check out our guide to the best Batman Lego sets.

Lego Imperial Star Destroyer

Worth approximately $1,200.

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Lego Imperial Star Destroyer specifications:
Lego set number 75252
Year released 2019
Current status Retired
Reasons to buy
  • A truly elite level Star Wars collector’s set
  • One of the most physically impressive Lego sets ever
Reasons to avoid
  • Huge, heavy, and needs a big display surface
  • Newer large Star Wars sets might give you the same buzz for half the price

This sci-fi icon needs no detailed introduction: the Imperial Star Destroyer – the primary warship of Star Wars’ Galactic Empire throughout the original trilogy of movies – is simply among the most famous spaceships in history. So it’s no surprise that its massive, 4,784-piece Ultimate Collector Series Lego set is highly sought after by fans.

Released in 2019, this spectacular, dagger-shaped display piece remained on shelves for only three years before being retired from production in 2022 in favor of the comparatively titchy, 630-piece Executor Super Star Destroyer set.

As a result, Lego Star Wars lovers wanting to add it to their collections – and, let’s face it, who wouldn’t – are forced to seek out the set on the used market, where it sells for far more than its original RRP of $700.

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As of April 2024, this set is selling for between $1000 and $1200 on Ebay. Whether you want to spend used-car money on a 43-inch-long plastic replica of the 1970s’ favorite grey space battleship is your business – but we want you to know we’re on your side if you do.

After more recommendations? Check out our guides on the best Lego Lord of the Rings sets, and the best cheap Lego sets (which has many much more affordable options than this list). We’ve also investigated the rarest Lego minifigures in the world – but, if you prefer your little plastic people on screen, you might prefer to check out the best Lego games.