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Rarest Barbie Dolls and Accessories – Toy Hunting Guide


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Collecting Barbie dolls and their accessories has been a popular hobby since the doll’s inception in 1959. Some of the most rare and valuable Barbies and accessories in the world, as of my last update in September 2021, include:

  1. Original 1959 Barbie Doll: The very first Barbie doll is one of the most coveted items among collectors. The doll is identifiable by her zebra-striped swimsuit and sunglasses, as well as her distinctive “ponytail” hairstyle. She was available as either a brunette or a blonde.
  2. Stefano Canturi Barbie: This Barbie doll was released in 2010 and is one of the most expensive ever produced. Australian jewelry designer Stefano Canturi designed her necklace, which features 3 carats of white diamonds arranged in the pattern of the designer’s signature ‘Cubism’ style.
  3. De Beers 40th Anniversary Barbie: Created in 1999 to celebrate Barbie’s 40th anniversary, this doll wore an evening dress embellished with 160 diamonds and came with a belt with a diamond-encrusted “B”. De Beers, the famous diamond company, provided the diamonds.
  4. Lorraine Schwartz Barbie: This doll was designed by famous jeweler Lorraine Schwartz and was sold at auction for $7,500. The Barbie is draped in Schwartz’s miniature versions of jewelry pieces worn by celebrities on the red carpet.
  5. Pink Splendor Barbie: This 1996 limited edition doll was sold for $900, making it one of the most expensive Barbies at retail. She wears a pink satin gown with golden lace, rose-colored sequins, and faux pearls.
  6. Pink Jubilee Barbie: This doll was created in 1989 to celebrate Barbie’s 30th anniversary. Only 1,200 were made and were given out to guests at Mattel’s anniversary celebration. It’s known for its pink metallic finish and crystal-studded dress.
  7. Midnight Tuxedo Barbie: Released as part of the 2001 Barbie Fashion Model Collection, this limited edition doll is highly sought after due to its stylish tuxedo and high-quality materials.

Accessories:

  1. Barbie Dream House: Original versions of the Barbie Dream House from the 1960s are highly collectible and sought after. The design and furnishings of these houses reflect mid-century modern trends.
  2. Barbie Airplane: This large accessory was a favorite among children in the 1970s and is now highly collectible.
  3. Barbie Fashion Shop: Released in the 1960s, this is one of the first playsets released by Mattel for Barbie. It included a shop, mannequins, and numerous outfits and accessories.

It’s important to note that the rarity and value of a Barbie doll or accessory are highly dependent on its condition and whether it’s still in its original packaging. The market for these items can also be quite volatile, with values fluctuating based on demand among collectors.


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