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You won't find these at your local elementary school.

Lego enthusiasts can shell out serious dough for the privilege of building the coolest, rarest, most extravagant sets. 

Lego's priciest advanced models are highly valued collector's items. The most expensive retired Lego sets can fetch up to five figures. Among the most expensive include sets themed after Star Wars and major world landmarks like the Taj Mahal. 

What makes certain Lego sets so expensive? It's not solely because of the number of pieces or a popular franchise tie-in like Star Wars. The value of a Lego set often skyrockets after it retires.

"Rarity is the most important factor with any LEGO collectible. If a set is rare, and desirable, and continues to be rare, it will remain valuable," said founder of Lego pricing guide BrickPicker Ed Maciorowski.

Here are the top 10 most valuable Lego sets according to the Lego collector's website Brickpicker

10) Market Street

Value: $1,461.13

Number of Pieces: 1248

Notable features: "Market Street" is Lego's second entry in its modular building series for adult builders. The set features curved staircases and interchangeable floors. 

9) Cafe Corner

Value: $1,576.00

Number of Pieces: 2,056

Notable features: Lego's "Cafe Corner" features three stories, a mosaic, and a bicycle. 

8) Eiffel Tower

Value: $1,601.93

Number of Pieces: 3, 428

Notable features: The completed Lego Eiffel Tower is the tallest Lego model to date; standing at 42 inches. It features a French flag made out of Lego bricks. 

7) Imperial Star Destroyer

Value: $1,671.07

Number of Pieces: 1,359

Notable features: Lego's model of the Imperial Star Destroyer ship from Star Wars includes eight synchronized cannons, an Emperor Palpatine hologram, and a Lego figure of Darth Vader

6) Death Star II

Value: $1,720.33

Number of Pieces: 3,447

Notable features: The Lego Death Star II is built to scale with the original and includes a super laser. 


5) Mr. Gold

Value: $1,831.09

Number of Pieces: 1

Notable features: Made to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Lego's Minifigures series, only 5,000 Mr. Gold figures were produced in total. 

4) Statue of Liberty

Value: $1,980.67

Number of Pieces: 2,882

Notable features: Lego's Statue of Liberty model is made entirely of sand-green bricks. 


3) Grand Carousel 

Value: $2,603.40

Number of Pieces: 3,263

Notable features: Lego's electricity-powered Grand Carousel spins and plays music. 


2) Taj Mahal

Value: $2,603.40

Number of Pieces: 5,922

Notable features: Lego's Taj Mahal became the company's largest set when it was released in 2008. 


1) Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon

Value: $4,729.00

Number of Pieces: 5, 174

Notable features: Lego's "Ultimate Collector's Millennium Falcon" is the largest Star Wars set and the second-largest Lego set ever made. It features Lego figures of Luke Skywalker, Hans Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and Obi-Wan Kenobi


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