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Delia has nearly 30 years of experience at regional and international auction houses in the United States, and is also currently the editor of an art and antiques trade publication that tracks market trends, auctions and antiques shows. Delia is a generalist in glass, ceramics, silver and other metals, fine art, textiles, antiquities, wines and spirits, stamps and currency, collectibles and dolls and toys. Additionally, she is a specialist in 15th to 21st Century furniture from around the world. Her extensive professional network of appraisers, curators, dealers and collectors has proven to be an invaluable resource in her work for Mearto.

Have you recently inherited or purchased a vintage or collectible Barbie dolland want to know its value? Mearto provides quick and affordable online appraisals of Barbie dolls. All you have to do is click on the “Start Appraisal” button above and follow the steps to send us information about and images of your Barbie doll.

One of our qualified and experienced specialists will review and get back to you with afair market and insurancevalue, typically within 48 hours.

Have questions about the valuation provided, or would you like some advice about selling your vintage or collectible Barbie doll? We are here to help!

Our platform allows you to chat back and forth with a specialist to ensure that all of your questions are answered.

What is the history of Barbie dolls?

The story of Barbie began when Ruth Handler, co-founder of the toy manufacturing company Mattel, introduced the world to this revolutionary doll at the New York Toy Fair in March 1959. Inspired by observation of her daughter Barbara, Handler envisioned a doll that would empower young girls and allow them to imagine their own futures.

With her blonde hair, impeccable fashion sense and a figure that defied the conventions of traditional dolls at the time, Barbie was unlike anything the toy industry had seen before.

Throughout the years, Barbie has undergone various transformations and evolved to reflect changing times and cultural shifts. In the 1960s, Barbie embraced the fashion trends of the era, sporting mod looks and vibrant colors. In the 1970s, she became more diverse, featuring dolls with different hair colors and skin tones. The 1980s and 1990s saw Barbie exploring different careers, empowering young girls to dream big and aspire to a wide range of professions.

Today, Barbie dolls are not just playthings; they have also become highly sought-after collectibles.

What are some of the most expensive Barbie dolls ever sold?

"The Barbie" (also known as the "Diamond Barbie") - This doll, created in collaboration with Australian jewelry designer Stefano Canturi, features a stunning necklace adorned with a rare 1-carat pink diamond. In 2010, it was auctioned for a record-breaking price of $302,500.

"De Beers 40th Anniversary Barbie" - Released in 1999 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Barbie, this doll wore a gown embellished with real diamonds and featured a special De Beers necklace. It sold at auction for approximately $85,000.

"Original Barbie #1" - The very first Barbie doll produced in 1959 is highly sought after by collectors. In 2014, an original Barbie #1 in mint condition, still in its original packaging, sold for around $27,450.

"Pink Splendor Barbie" - This limited edition Barbie doll, released in 1996, was designed by Robert Best and wore a glamorous pink satin gown adorned with thousands of hand-sewn Swarovski crystals. It was sold at auction for approximately $15,000.

"Midnight Tuxedo Barbie" - Released in 2001 as a part of the Barbie Fashion Model Collection, this doll wore an elegant black satin tuxedo gown and was highly sought after by collectors. It has been known to sell for prices ranging from $3,000 to $7,000.

It's worth noting that these prices represent exceptional cases, and the majority of Barbie dolls do not reach such high values.

What factors influence the value of a Barbie doll?

Rarity plays a significant role in determining the value of a Barbie doll. Limited editions, special releasesand dolls produced in small quantities are often highly sought after by collectors. Barbie dolls that were only available for a short period or in specific regions tend to be more valuable.

The condition of the doll is crucial for collectors. Mint condition dolls, with original packaging, intact accessories and minimal wear or damage are highly desirable. Any flaws, such as stains, discoloration, haircutsor missing partscan significantly diminish the doll's value.

Collectors prefer dolls that retain their original features and components. This includes the doll's original outfit, accessories and any unique characteristics or variations specific to that particular release. Modifications or customizations may lower the doll's value, unless they were done by a recognized artist or designer.

Barbie dolls that hold historical significance or mark milestones in the Barbie line are highly prized. This could include dolls representing significant collaborations, cultural momentsor iconic fashion eras. Limited editions commemorating special events or anniversaries are also sought after.

The original packaging of a Barbie doll can also significantly impact its value. Collectors often prefer dolls with their original boxes, display cases or packaging materials in good condition. The presence of original inserts, booklets or promotional materials can add to the doll's desirability.

The popularity and demand for a specific Barbie doll can drive up its value. Dolls associated with popular cultural icons, celebrities or collaborations with renowned designers tend to attract collectors' attention. Keeping an eye on trends and the preferences of other collectors can help gauge the potential value of a doll.

Collectors also appreciate documentation that authenticates the doll's origin and history. This includes certificates of authenticity, receipts or any other supporting documentation. Knowing the doll's provenance, such as its previous owners or notable exhibitions, can also enhance its value.

What price range could I expect for my vintage or collectible Barbie?

For more common and widely available Barbie dolls, you can typically find them listed online in the range of $10 to $50. These dolls are often from recent years and may not have significant rarity or special features.However, for more unique, limited editionor vintage Barbie dolls, prices can increase significantly. Vintage Barbie dolls from the early years, especially those in excellent condition and with original packaging, can command higher values, ranging from around $100 to several thousand dollars or more, depending on their rarity and desirability.

Additionally, dolls associated with famous designers, collaborations with iconic brands, or dolls tied to special events may have higher price tags. These dolls can be priced in the hundreds or even thousands of dollars, depending on their specific attributes and collector demand.

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