The company Mattel Inc. launched in March 1959. Ruth Handler is the American entrepreneur credited with creating the doll, inspired by a German doll named Bild Lilli.
Barbie is the main image of a brand of dolls and accessories from Mattel, including other family members and collectible dolls. Barbie has been very important within the toy market for over fifty years and has been the subject of numerous controversies and lawsuits, often with the parody of the doll and her lifestyle.
Although Barbie has been considered the most famous doll for years, in the last Christmas toy sales campaign (2014-2015), the dolls from the Disney Enterprises, Inc. animated film Frozen beat Barbie in popularity. Even so, Mattel did not lose profits, as at that time they also owned the sales rights to the dolls, which now belong to the Hasbro company.
In the 1950’s they realized that their daughter preferred to play with dolls with adult characteristics instead of childish ones. At that time, most of the dolls that were made were childish, so when she realized the potential business, she decided to propose to her husband and co-founder of Mattel the idea of creating a doll with the characteristics of a woman. Despite this, the idea would not come to fruition, due to the reaction shown by the director of Mattel.
Ruth Handler, during a trip to Germany, discovered a sexy doll in a display case called Bild Lilli, which was not exactly a toy for children. The doll in question began by being sold to men, and then offered to girls, due to its popularity: girls enjoyed dressing it up and changing their clothes. Lilli became so popular that she crossed the German borders, reaching the United States.
When this happened, Mattel, having rejected Ruth Handler’s earlier idea, bought the rights to Lilli. Then, a new doll named Barbie was created in honor of Ruth’s daughter, Barbara, who was born in Willows, a fictional town located in the state of Wisconsin where she attended Willows High School. Barbie’s boyfriend, Ken Carson (a doll that was first born in 1961) is inspired by another of the Handler couple’s children. However, the doll’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts. When everything was perfect, they decided to have Barbie born on March 9, 1959 at the American International Toy Fair, keeping that date as the doll’s official birthday.
In her “debut”, Barbie wore a blond hairstyle from the 60s, with a swimsuit that simulated the skin of a zebra in its print. Over the years the models have been updated, as well as the doll’s hair color and shape. The doll has been marketed as a “Teenage Fashion Model”, with clothes created by Mattel fashion designer Charlotte Johnson. The first Barbie doll to be made was in Japan, with the clothes hand-stitched by Japanese workers. During the first year of production about 350 000 Barbie dolls were sold.
Ruth Handler believed that it was important for Barbie to have an adult look and shortly after it came out on the market it was shown that some parents were unhappy with the doll’s chest. Barbie’s appearance has had numerous changes over the years, especially in 1971 when her eyes were adjusted to look straight ahead, instead of having the elegant side view of the original model.
Barbie was one of the first toys to have a marketing strategy based largely on television advertising, which has subsequently been widely copied by other toys. It is estimated that more than one billion Barbie dolls have been sold worldwide, in more than 150 countries. Mattel claims that three Barbie dolls are sold every second.
The standard range of Barbie dolls and their accessories are manufactured at approximately 1/6th scale, which is also known as playscale. Barbie products not only include the range of dolls with their clothes and accessories, but also a wide range of Barbie brand products such as books, clothing, cosmetics and video games. In addition to all that, the famous doll has her own cartoon movie saga (which began in 2001 with “Barbie and the Nutcracker” and continues to the present), her own animated series “Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse” and is a supporting character in Toy Story 2 and a major supporting character in Toy Story 3.
Barbie has become a cultural icon and has received honors that are unusual in the world of toys, such as when in 1974 a section of Times Square in New York was renamed Barbie Boulevard for a week and in 1985 artist Andy Warhol created a painting of Barbie. In 2009, when Barbie celebrated her 50th birthday, the celebrations included a fashion show in New York during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week; the event featured designs contributed by fifty high-fashion designers, as well known as Diane von Fürstenberg, Vera Wang, Calvin Klein, Bob Mackie and Christian Louboutin.
In June 2012, a real person with characteristics so similar to those of the doll became known, and his image went around the world. Her name is Valerie Lukyanova, 29, a Ukrainian national.
As expected, in November 2014 the first anti-Barbie doll “Lammily” was released, which has cellulite, acne and tattoos. Currently, 22 thousand units have been sold. It was created by the American Nickolay Lamm, to send the girls a message opposite to that of Mattel’s stylish blonde.
Barbie’s popularity ensures that her effect on children’s play attracts a high degree of control. The criticism received is often based on the assumption that girls consider Barbie a role model and try to imitate her, on the basis of which she has been given a number of harsh criticisms described below.
One of the most common criticisms of Barbie is that she promotes an unrealistic idea of a young woman’s body image, which carries a risk that girls who try to imitate her will suffer from anorexia. A standard Barbie doll is 292 mm high, giving a height of 1.75 m on a scale of 1/6. Barbie’s measurements have been estimated at 91 cm. chest, 46 cm. waist and 84 cm. hips (measurements 91-46-84). According to a research carried out by the Central University Hospital of Helsinki, Finland, she would lack the percentage of body fat from 17% to 22% necessary for a woman to have her period. In 1963 the “Barbie Baby-Sits” set came with a book entitled “How to lose weight”, which advised directly: “Don’t eat”. The same book was included in another set called “Slumber Party” in 1965 along with a pink bathroom scale that marked 50 kg. (110 pounds), which would be about 16 kg. (35 pounds) below the normal weight for a woman of 1.75 m. (5 feet 9 inches) tall. In 1999 Barbie’s body mold was redesigned and she has a wider waist. Mattel claimed that this would make the doll fit better with contemporary fashion designs, which would come out in 2000.
“Don’t Eat” on the back of the book “How to Lose Weight” (1963)
“Colored Francie” made her debut in 1967, and is sometimes described as the first African-American Barbie doll. However, it was produced using the existing molds for the white Francie doll’s head and lacked the African-American characteristics other than dark skin. The first African-American doll in the Barbie range was known as Christie, who made her debut in 1968. The “Black Barbie” was launched in 1980, but still had white features. In another attempt to get closer to the African-American culture, in 1991, Mattel created an alternate line called “The Marvelous world of Shani”, with three new molds: Shani, Asha and Nichelle, which represented the different tones of black skin and characteristic features; the hard line only one year later Shani appeared in two subsequent collections with Barbie, which are: Sun Jewelry and Jewel Glitter from 1993 respectively. As an additional piece of information, Asha’s facemold would be Christie’s face after 1997. In September 2009, Mattel launched the So In Style (S.I.S) range, which was intended to create a more realistic representation of black people than the previous dolls.
In July 1992 Mattel launched Teen Talk Barbie, which featured a series of phrases such as “Will we ever have enough clothes,” “I love to shop,” or “Do you want to have a pizza party? Each doll was programmed to say four of the 270 possible phrases, so it was not possible for two dolls to be the same. One of these 270 phrases was “Math class is so hard!” (Often misquoted as “Math is hard!”). Although only 1.5% of all the dolls sold said the phrase, this led Barbie to be criticized by the American Association of University Women. In October 1992 Mattel announced that Teen Talk Barbie would no longer say the phrase, and offered to trade the model to anyone who had such a doll.
In 1999 Mattel joined forces with Nabisco to launch a Barbie cross-promotion with the famous Oreo cookies. “Oreo Fun Barbie” has been marketed as someone girls could play with after school and share “America’s Favorite Cookie. As had become the custom, Mattel produced both a white version and a black version. Critics argued that in the African American community Oreo is a derogatory term that means the person is “black on the outside and white on the inside”, like the chocolate chip cookie sandwich itself. The doll was unsuccessful and Mattel pulled unsold stock from the market, making it highly sought after by collectors.
In March 2000, comments appeared in the media claiming that the tough vinyl used on the Barbie dolls may contain toxic chemicals, causing danger to the girls who play with them. The claim was rejected as false by technical experts. A modern Barbie doll has a body made of ABS plastic, while the head is made of soft PVC.
In September 2003, Saudi Arabia banned the sale of Barbie dolls, saying they did not conform to the ideals of Islam. The Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice declared, “Jewish Barbie dolls, with their revealing clothing and shameful postures, accessories and tools are a symbol of the decadence of the perverted West. Let us beware of their dangers and beware. In Middle Eastern countries there is an alternative doll called en:Fulla, which is similar to Barbie but designed to be more acceptable to an Islamic market and is not made by Mattel Corporation. Barbie is still available in other Middle Eastern countries, including Egypt. In Iran, the Sara and Dara dolls are available as an alternative to Barbie.
In December 2005, Dr. Agnes Nairn at the University of Bath in England published a study suggesting that girls often go through a stage where they hate their Barbie dolls and subject them to a number of punishments, including beheading and microwaving the doll. Dr. Naím said, “It’s as if not knowing Barbie is a rite of passage and a rejection of her past.
In April 2009, the launch of a Totally Tattoo Barbie with a series of tattoos that could be applied to the doll, including a lower back tattoo, gave rise to controversy. Mattel’s promotional materials read, “Customize the fashions and fun and get temporary tattoos yourself,” but Ed Mayo, executive director of Consumer Focus, said it could make girls want to get (permanent) tattoos.
In December 2010, the FBI considered that the release of the Girl Barbie Video could be dangerous because of the digital camera located on the wrist’s chest for the purpose of taking pictures and/or even 30 minutes of recording that can be played on the wrist or downloaded through a USB port cable to a computer, due to the large number of pedophiles who could use this item for recording and marketing child pornography. However, Mattel referred to the fact that many of the company’s employees are also parents, and the importance of child safety is always considered, assuring that this was the number one priority taken into account in the manufacturing of the toys.
In June 2011, the environmental organization Greenpeace reported that Mattel, the manufacturer of Barbie, used cardboard in the packaging of the dolls supplied by the company Asia Pulp & Paper, accused of being responsible for the deforestation of the forests of Indonesia.
In November 2014, Mattel received several criticisms for the book “I can be computer engineer”, implying that Barbie is inept and incompetent in computing and needs the help of two men to finish restoring the laptops. After having a virus on her, the critics argued that the book was sexist and discredited the female sex. Mattel later apologized for the mistake and withdrew from the Amazon sale in response to the criticism.
In March 2015, concerns arose about the version of the doll called “Hello Barbie. This doll can hold a conversation with the person using it through voice recognition technology, the doll transmits the data to a service called “ToyTalk”, and can provide that information to third parties and lose their privacy.
In 2018, on the occasion of Women’s Day, Mattel released the doll inspired by the Mexican personality Frida Kahlo, but the design and resemblance of the doll did not leave the Mexican community happy because of the low quality of the manufacture of the doll, and Mattel had a dispute over the image rights of the artist with Kahlo’s relatives.
Like every product that is so commercially successful, especially for girls, companies immediately try to imitate it. With the Barbie phenomenon none of them worked, until in 2001 the toy company MGA created a successful line of four-piece dolls called Bratz: each Bratz had a different personality, way of dressing, hair color.
Therefore, in 2002 Mattel launched “My Scene”, a group of dolls much larger in size, but representing a much younger age than Barbie. Four different dolls were created where the clothes were more fashionable, and their life was a common life, based on going out to parties, shopping, and wearing clothes that any girl could wear.
However, the lines that Mattel offers can hardly be limited to the children’s market, and in front of the playline line, from 2004 onwards four new collection levels appeared in the market, determined by the number of units on sale:
Platinum Label: with a limit of 1000 units on sale.
Gold Label: with a maximum of 25,000.
Silver Label: between 25,000 and 50,000.
Pink Label: with a large number of units on sale in a wide variety of stores.
Special mention should be made of the Silkstone line, launched in 2000. Its name derives from the special material these dolls are made of, which compared to traditional ones is more rigid and heavy, with a finish similar to porcelain. Their editions are limited and numbered, and since their release they have enjoyed great success among collectors. The head mould used reproduces the style of the first Barbies, with modern make-up and high quality clothes and accessories.
Another of the Barbie collection versions is Dolls of the World where Mattel has launched on several occasions dolls with the typical costumes of many countries in the world; as well as a Ken with Japanese features (recently created). This collection tries to solve the “racial problem” faced by the Barbie, since by always showing the image of a white, blond, upper-class girl from the first world, she was capturing a vision that was very limited to girls and was clearly excluding both class and race. With these new dolls, a vision of a Barbie closer to the daily reality of girls around the world has not been achieved, but it has been achieved with the internationality that characterizes today’s society.
Barbie has changed over time, both in the look of her face and her body.
The different molds used for her head are known by collectors as “head mold”, and generally her name is identified with that of the first doll that wore it. Not only has Barbie had different molds throughout her history, but her friends, of different ethnicities, have also seen how their faces have evolved.
The first mold was patented in 1958, and it had a solid, protruding line at eyelash level. This is the original Barbie head mold, which is still in use today, with the Silkstone line and the repros (modern reproductions of the classic vintage).
In the same year, the mold that would be used for her first friend, Midge, was patented. Midge original head mold, with a more upturned nose, was released in different editions, with blond, black and red hair.
Her first black friend, Christie, came out in 1965, with a mold that, like Midge’s, would evolve and be updated, and is known as the Christie original head mold.
The popularity lost in the early seventies would be regained again with the appearance of Barbie Superstar in 1976. Superstar head mold would remain throughout the next decade, and was undoubtedly one of the most popular and widespread images of this doll, with a blonde, blue-eyed, outspoken smile.
In 1992 they slightly varied this mold, lengthening the face a little with the New Smile head mold.
Her mouth would be closed again with the Mackie headmold, marketed since 1991 and still widely used today.
But the changes were not limited to his face, but also affected his body.
At the beginning of 2005 some lines of this doll were launched such as Fashion Fever or Barbie Girl, which presented great changes in terms of presentation, among the main ones were: decrease in height, semi-ragged eyes, shortening of the neck and foot-shoe presentation, permanently.
In 2007 Mattel, in order to correct its mistake of having launched bodies with much smaller proportions than the normal body (bellybutton body), decided to include the Model Muse body in its collections Top models, Top model hair wear and Top model resort.
In 2007 the Pink Ribbon and Pink Hope Barbie collector’s edition were created, which are dedicated especially to the fight against breast cancer. All the proceeds from Pink Ribbon (first edition) and Pink Hope (most recent edition) go to a foundation against this disease.
In 2016, Mattel released The Evolution of Barbie from the Barbie Fashionistas line, which sells dolls with bodies of different sizes and sizes, which aims to show a realistic body according to the girls of today, are 4 different types:
Original (Thin, with the traditional body),
Tall (tall, long stature), and
Petite (Small, short); also has 7 different skin tones.
As part of her Signature line, aimed at collectors and fans of special editions, Barbie launched a collection of dolls inspired by the Polynesian youtubers brothers in 2020. These were the first Latin American digital content creators to immortalize their faces in a Barbie figure.
Barbie and her social foundation
Barbie has been overcoming all the social changes that have taken place in the last 60 years. She has known how to adapt to each era, as for example, when she arrived in Spain in full transition. Barbie gave hope to all the young children of the time who were reflected in her
Over the years, Barbie has become increasingly involved in social change, and in 2017 she has created a revolution with her social movement “Let’s end the Dream Gap”.
In this movement, Barbie talks about the limitations suffered by girls in the world and the so-called “glass ceiling”.
Did you know that from the age of 5, girls stop thinking that they can be presidents, scientists, engineers…?
It is 3 times less likely that a girl will be given a toy with a scientific theme…
Barbie fights to end this inequality and, to do so, has become a qualified woman so that all girls can feel identified and help them fight for their dream
From his slim (and unrealistic) appearance he has now changed to different styles. From dolls shorter than the original, to models with curves, there is now room for everyone in Barbie’s world!
Thanks to this change in her body, Barbie was on the cover of TIMES magazine in 2017
Barbie and her new collection BMR1959
If anything, we can say that Barbie has always been a fashion icon.
This year, in honor of the 60th anniversary of its creator, Mattel has released a collection inspired by street style or “street fashion” in which different types of Barbie dolls are dressed in the latest looks.
Twelve things you didn’t know about Barbie 55 years after her creation
Created in honor of Barbara, daughter of Mattel’s founder, Barbie has become synonymous with female power and has gone on to become the most famous doll on the planet.
Barbie, the world’s most famous doll was launched on this day in 1959 by the Mattel toy company. Since then she has inspired many generations of girls to dream, discover and explore the world without leaving their bedroom.
First presented at a trade show in New York, it has sold more than 300 million copies since its launch.
Created in honor of Barbara, daughter of Mattel’s founder, Barbie has become synonymous with feminine power and has gone on to become the most famous doll on the planet.
Today is the 55th anniversary of her creation, and for that reason we’ll give you 12 details that perhaps you didn’t know about the most famous doll on the planet.
Barbie turns 60 this 2019. It was on March 9, 1959 when the doll was unveiled at the New York Toy Fair. That year it sold 350,000 copies. Its price: 3 dollars. Since then, it has changed its shape, represented different ethnic groups, got a boyfriend, Ken, and we discovered that it has a last name: Roberts. That’s how Barbie Roberts has evolved.
The Barbie Doll is a creation of Ruth Handler, co-founder of Mattel, who named it after her daughter Barbara. It became one of the most popular toys of the 1960s, and still sells more than 58 million copies annually in 150 countries. The character has made his way into more than 200 professions, such as doctor, pilot, astronaut, athlete and politician. A clear message to girls to make them what they want to be.
Although the first Barbie was born in 1959, it wasn’t until 1961 that she got a boyfriend. She and Ken separated in 2004, although they resumed their relationship in 2011. Another highlight came in 1971, with Malibu Barbie, the first one to look forward – until then she had a side view. And a decade later (1980) the first black and Hispanic dolls appeared.
In 1998, the doll was given a more realistic figure, with a wider torso, while in 2000, the Barbie Jewel Girl incorporated a flexible waist and navel. The latest designs represent the doll with new shapes – tall, curvy and petite – and skin tones. However, the best-selling one so far is the Barbie Totally Hair (1992).
To celebrate 60 years of Barbie Roberts, Mattel will present the Sheroes collection, inspired by 20 outstanding women in the fields of education, art and the spirit of self-improvement, among others.
In many Latin American countries, Barbie has had her own Barbie Magazine, having as its cover her most recent dolls or Barbie dressed in the latest fashion with the season’s style. The content of the most current editions is:
Photo story: Illustrated stories with Barbie dolls.
Interview with an artist.
News or a little bit of everything.
Calendar of the corresponding month with artists’ birthdays and holidays.
Curious data about some profession and biography of some famous person who practiced the profession.
Stacy Malibu is the name of the doll that parodies Barbie in the animated series The Simpsons. But in another episode the Barbie convertible comes out.
The European pop-dance group Aqua released a song called “Barbie Girl” in 1997.
In Dexter’s Lab, Dee Dee’s dolls are branded “Barbie,” but they call her “Darbie.
In Rugrats (Adventures in Diapers), Angelica’s doll is called “Cynthya” which is also considered a parody of Barbie.
In the animated series Barenstein Bears, a doll named Berbie appears.
In Married with Children (Argentina), in the chapter “Muñeca Brava”, Moni Argento tells how she played as a child with a doll called “Carbie”. When she is found in the basement, it is clear that she is an economic Barbie similar to Barbie.
In chapter 55 of the Chilean soap opera Secretos en el jardín on Channel 13, Corporal Gutiérrez gives his stepdaughter the doll “Marbie” with the new box, the doll is similar to Barbie.
In Casado con hijos (Chile), Pablo gives Marcia a “Farfie” doll, and reveals that when she was a girl she played with Farfie dolls
American rapper Nicki Minaj commonly parodies the doll in her aesthetics, music videos, and songs. Starting with the singer in her first mixtape Playtime is over, she parodies herself inside a Barbie package, some of her outfits and alteregos are Barbies from Harajuku (Japan), plus of course her songs Barbie Tingz, Barbie Dreams, Black Barbies, and her instagram account is located at @nickiminaj with Barbie© page name. His fans are called Barbaz and Kenz.
The American singer Meghan Trainor, in her hit All About That Bass, reference and mockery of the body structure of Barbie dolls in the verse “You know I won’t be no stick-figure, silicone Barbie doll” in Spanish “You know I’ll never be a stick like a plastic Barbie doll”.
Barbie has two main fashions. One is the more classic: the beautiful princess, with her classic dress, bow, and pink shoes. On the other hand there is the fashion: with her jeans or miniskirt, belt, shiny t-shirt, long boots, and long hair. Other fashions are: bikinis, short dresses, superheroes, brides, princesses, fairies, skaters, ballet dancers.
Barbie fashion is also used by girls who are her followers because there are also clothing stores for people.
Barbie and the school of princesses
Barbie and the three musketeers
Barbie and the secret sow
Barbie and the Diamond Castle
Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse
Barbie: The Rider
Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures
Main article: Barbie (movies)
Mattel has launched three-dimensional Barbie movies, and two-dimensional, so it has had to make the dolls and products of the characters and / or protagonists (Barbie and her friends) and put them on sale.
Barbie also starred in an animated series called Barbie: Life In the Dreamhouse (2012), which ended in 2015 and instead created a series called Barbie: Dreamtopia but returned with real dolls and is now called Barbie LIVE! in the Dreamhouse.
Indirectly, Barbie has also participated in other animated films, in Toy Story 2 (1999), and in Toy Story 3 (2010).
One of them is the American Stanley Colorite, better known as the Barbie Man, who has more than 2000 dolls, in addition to his accessories; he invests around 30 thousand dollars a year.
The Dutch Ietje Raebel, who is a designer, and her daughter Marina Raebel had a collection of 4000 dolls that they started to collect since 1960, Marina never played with them, in 2006 Marina got rid of them in a millionaire auction whose value was valued at 165,597 euros.
Jian Yang from Singapore is a 33 year old man who owns 6000 dolls that he has on display.
The German Bettina Dorfmann, who lives in Düsseldorf, holds the title of the Guinness Record, being the largest collector of Barbie dolls in the world, with 15,000 units, valued at more than two hundred thousand euros.
In order to help you solve your doubts and also, why not say it, from me learn a little more, I decided to share with you a little glossary with acronyms or terms that are essential for every Barbie collector according to The Barbie Collection. Ready? Let’s go with it!
A/O: means all original.
HTF: means hard to find.
MIB: in its box (mint in box). It indicates that the doll is in its original box.
MIP: in its package (mint in package). The doll and all its accessories are kept in their original box. It is similar to the previous one.
MNB: original doll without box (mint no box).
NM: term that could be exchanged for ‘excellent’ when describing a doll (near mint). (That’s what The Barbie Collection says…)
NRFB: never removed from box
OSS: original swim suit (surprised I stay)
#1 Ponytail: Original Barbie from 1959. Iris with white eyes and blue lines, holes in the feet and her skin whitens over time.
#2 Ponytail: (1959) same as the previous doll but without holes in the feet.
#3 Ponytail: (1960) blue iris and more gently curved eyebrows
#4 Ponytail: (1960) new body vinyl that retains its color over time.
#5 Ponytail: (1961) new texture of hair and hollow body much lighter.
Twist’N Turn: (mid-sixties) movable waist.
Some dolls have a variation of this waist.
This part I think, together with the first one, is one of the ones that I think will interest you the most. It talks about the categories in which collection dolls are divided:
Barbie Fan Club Exclusive: Barbie dolls sold by Mattel through the barbiecollector,com online store, and available only to Fan Club members.
Black Label Collection: includes some of the most sensational Barbie dolls designed for adults.
Direct Exclusive: Barbie dolls sold only in the United States by Mattel through the Barbie Collector e-catalog or the online store at barbiecollector.com.
Gold Label Collection: Limited and numbered editions of up to 10,000 dolls
Pink Label Collection: these are the most economical, and generally not limited. The Barbie Collectrion say that you can find them in any store that sells Barbie dolls (that will be there).
Platinum Label Collection: these are the crown jewels. Editions of these dolls are 1,000 or less.
Silver Label Collection: in this case, each doll has a limited edition of up to 25,000.
TIMELESS TREASURE: These dolls include famous celebrities or popular characters from the arts.
Other categories that our favorite dolls are divided into are
Modern Barbie: all Barbie dolls produced since 1972
Vintage Barbie: as you might expect, this group includes all those Barbie dolls that were created before 1972.
The world of toys has a clear reference when it comes to history and femininity, of course we are referring to the always reliable barbies, dolls that have accompanied all little girls for many years, as they have a huge variety of facets for most girls’ favorite toy; however, on some occasions, the models can reach incredibly high prices.
As many objects in the wide spectrum of life reach monetary figures that only some people have the ability to afford, these ten Barbie models are made to fulfill the most elegant whims of their owners. Here is a list of the most expensive dolls in the world.
In booth number ten is a design by Devi Kroell, which has a pair of pants and a bag with precious stones. The doll reached $1,75 in sales during a charity auction.
If you’re a history buff and in particular the French one, it’s a fact that you wish you had this Barbie in your collection. This is Queen Marie Antoinette, who inspired the design of this doll, to adorn with a custom-made blue dress that includes lace and gold tassels. The price of the doll is 1,300 dollars.
In position number eight is the model thought up by Lorraine Schwatz, designer of jewelry for celebrities. The Barbie was adorned with diamond accessories of more than $25,000, an incredible figure when you think that its sale price in an auction was $7,500.
Barbie in ‘Midnight Pink
In the seventh position is this Barbie created in 1965, it was part of a private collection that was placed in auction and had several models of antique dolls. This beautiful creation reached a figure of 10 thousand dollars.
Pink Diamonds Barbie
In sixth place is this doll that has a particular care with brightness and glamour, as it is the most dazzling. She wears a minidress covered with pink and fuchsia mini-dreams that were placed by hand by The Blondes, as well as slippers with similar characteristics. The Barbie is valued at 15 thousand dollars.
Barbie in ‘Midnight Red
In position number five we have another doll that was part of the private collection in which it was in seventh place. The Barbie has a beautiful red dress and upturned hair.
Unlike her auction partner, this model reached a figure of $17,000, as it was a much older model.
The First Barbie
Launched in 1959, this is the first Barbie. It has a blond hair with a classic hairstyle model of the time, as well as a swimsuit. Mattel’s relic was bought at auction for $27,450.
In third place is this doll created in conjunction with the glamorous diamond company De Beers. It has a gold bra and a bare belly. The custom-made belt has 160 diamonds of excellent quality. The doll was sold for 85 thousand dollars.
Barbie & the Diamond Castle
In the number two position is this doll that already reaches a fairly high price, due to the 118 real diamonds that were used in the design. It was made a tiara, shoes, bracelet and rings in white gold with diamonds.
Its price is 94,500 dollars.
Barbie by Stefano Canturi
In the number one position is the doll designed by the jeweler Stefano Canturi, who chose every detail of this amazing doll. It has a necklace with a beautiful Australian diamond surrounded by white diamonds.
On her right hand she is wearing a diamond ring. Its price reached 302 thousand dollars, it was sold at an auction, and everything collected by the doll was donated to a breast cancer foundation to continue research on this disease.