Barbie as collectors object
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Barbie had been designed as a play doll. In the mid
management noticed that vintage dolls were subject to collecting and traded
with often high prices. Following that time special Barbie dolls were produced
for adult collectors besides the standard play doll range. These collector dolls
series are limited productions. Some of the collectible Barbies wear fashions
that have been developed by famous designers, While others are dressed to
represent characters from the movies or television; often with special head
molds to resemble their originals. The "Dolls of the World"- series shows
Barbie with costumes of various countries and dresses of a selected ethnic
population. Starting 1994 replica Barbies appeared with the original head molds
of the first Barbie, these also wear replicas of the original vintage dresses that
were worn in the fifties. From1986 Barbie dolls became available made from
Bisquit - Porcelain. Like many others of the collector dolls these are not suitable
for children, because they do not comply with the toy-safety rules requested by
law. Rare Barbie Dolls may fetch prices of up to a couple of thousand dollars
and therefore they may be considered an investment value.
Although most of the Barbie
dolls consist of plastic and are therefore show
Mattel estimates the number of
devoted Barbie collectors to over 100,000, of
Oldtimers, or the
appropriately called: Vintage Barbie dolls from the
On September 26. 2006 a Barbie reached a world record in a single auction bid at Christies in London which raised an incredible, £9000.00 (17000.00 US$). The doll: a 1965 Barbie Midnight Red was part of a private collection of a total of 4000 Barbie dolls.
These were offered for sale by a dutch woman, Letje Raebel and her daughter Marina.
In the past Years Mattel has sold a wide selection of Barbie-dolls that specifically attracted doll collectors, among these were, also Porcelain versions, Reproductions of vintage models, e.g. originals from the late fifties. But just as well portrays of well known actors or stars from the stage, movies or television, Audrey Hepburn, Frank Sinatra ort he cast of Star Trek belong to this spezial production range.
Frequently there are collectors editions of Barbie dolls representing many different ethnic identities.
2004 Mattel presented a new color-Label System for their Barbie collector editiond, starting with pink, black, silver, gold and platinum these color labels indicate the grand total of the manufactured dolls of each of these lines.
This Year 2009, precisely on March 09. Barbie celebrates her 50th birthday and Mattel already announced a selection of new reproductions from the early sixties, to mark the occasion.
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