Oh, the fantasy and the allure and fun of Barbie. She is everything that Ruth Handler had ever hoped for her to be. From princess dresses with flowing trains and gigantic hoop skirts to every profession imaginable including Circus Ringleader (played none other than Cher!) to Astronaut Barbie. Take Barbie to the beach, horse backing riding or cruising in her car. The Barbie motto of "We girls can do anything" is what the inventor envisioned for her creation. All of fashion, the world over, followed Barbie. You could not be famous, really famous without having a Barbie named after you - Cher, Lucille Ball, LeAnn Rimes, Martina McBride and the list goes on. Read about the celebrity Barbie doll that Demi Moore purchased at auction and the most expensive Barbie Doll ever! Just shy of $100,000. Drool over the photos of fun and enchantment and glitter too - enjoy these great collectible toys now turned treasures!
Platinum Barbie Dolls
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Barbie Collections & Tiers
Platinum Label Series, Gold Label Series, Pink Label Series, Dolls of the World and More
The collections include everything from the holiday barbie to the barbies associated with famous movies such as Gone with the Wind, Wizard of Oz and ..... The wedding collection barbies are only out shined by the designer barbies. Beyond the labels, then there are the limited editions and special editions.
The Barbie® Collector Label system will give you an insider’s perspective on what each label means and where to find all those dolls you’re dreaming of. Renown Barbie collector, Denise Van Patten is both a writer and a doll making instructor. Denise is the author of The Official Price Guide To Dolls, recently published by Random House Books, and the proprietress of Katherine's Cottage, which offers modern, vintage and antique dolls for sale. As Denise describes the creation of the "tiers"
"How The Tiers Were Selected
The Barbie Collectibles staff explain the new collecting tiers as follows: "because Barbie has such a long and celebrated history with fashion, the names of the tiers have real fashion roots. Initially, the Barbie® Collector team looked at some of the most successful fashion designers currently on the market. We were inspired by their innovative approach to representing their fashion lines. For example, you can go into an upscale boutique and buy an outfit from a famous designer and you can also walk into a major department store and purchase something from the same designer's more mainstream line. In a way, our new label colors are our way of segmenting our collectible dolls and communicating to you where they might be found."
Pink Label™ Barbie Doll Collection
An invitation to collecting, available where Barbie® dolls are sold.
Silver Label™ Barbie Doll Collection
Keepsake dolls with no more than 50,000 produced worldwide.
Gold Label™ Barbie Doll Collection
Numbered editions of 25,000 worldwide or less, available at select retailers.
Platinum Label™ Barbie Doll Collection
Sequentially numbered editions of less than 1,000 worldwide, available at select retailers.
Black Label™ Barbie Doll Collection
Sensational dolls designed for the adult collector.
World Wide Hobby
Mattel estimates that there are well over 100,000 avid Barbie collectors. Ninety percent are women, at an average age of 40, purchasing more than twenty Barbie dolls each year. "Forty-five percent of them spend upwards of $1000 a year. Vintage Barbie dolls from the early years are the most valuable at auction, and while the original Barbie was sold for $3.00 in 1959, a mint boxed Barbie from 1959 sold for $3552.50 on eBay in October 2004. On September 26, 2006, a Barbie doll set a world record at auction of £9,000 sterling (US $17,000) at Christie's in London. The doll was a Barbie in Midnight Red from 1965 and was part of a private collection of 4,000 Barbie dolls being sold by two Dutch women, Letje Raebel and her daughter Marina."
"In recent years Mattel has sold a wide range of Barbie dolls aimed specifically at collectors, including porcelain versions, vintage reproductions, and depictions of Barbie as a range of characters from film and television series such as The Munsters and Star Trek . There are also collector's edition dolls depicting Barbie dolls with a range of different ethnic identities." In 2004 Mattel introduced the Color Tier system for its collector's edition Barbie dolls, ranging through pink, silver, gold and platinum depending on how many of the dolls are produced.
Magic of Barbie
The magic of barbie is unique to every little girl and every little girl at heart. For me, I love the fantasy of the wedding barbie, the designer barbie and the platinum barbie. Also, I love the exotic. While it is hard to choose, and I often promote no favorite children philosophy (in conjunction with exercise and balancing the muscles), I must confuse, one barbie outshines all of them for me. She is beautiful, but of course, dressed in silk and gold and pink and of an eastern flair and resides on a continent, many oceans away from me. She is a Gold Label Doll exclusive only to Japan. She is called the Empress of the Golden Blossom Barbie doll. Limited edition to only 4,700 dolls. Moreover, she is completely and very sadly for me (happy for my check book) sold out! The Empress wears "an opulent gown of pink and golden brocade, inspired by a glorious fantasy of exotic Chinese costume. The noble peony motif is elegantly featured in the lush fabrics. A golden headpiece crowns the intricate hairdo, decorated with lovely faux flowers and birds."
When A Doll Captures Your Imagination
You dream a dream, you are transported if only for a moment. That fleeting joy of the unimaginable imagined - only in your own mind. It is a feeling of your very soul being lifted to a higher good. I don't collect barbies except in my mind and here on the virtual wed. Journey with we as we explore the magnificence of the design and variety of Barbie. Fall in love again with romance and fantasy. Dream a dream. We girls can be anything we want to be!
Platinum Barbie Doll
Platinum Barbie Doll in White Evening Gown by Vera Wang
Platinum Barbie Doll in White Designer Gown by Caroline Herrara
Designer Barbie Dolls - Platinum Series
Bridal - Wedding Barbie Dolls
Wedding Barbie Dolls
Dream Halloween Elizabeth Taylor Barbie Doll
$94,800 Barbie Doll
Elizabeth Taylor - Celebrity Barbie
A dreamy, violet eyed, Elizabeth Taylor barbie doll was created entitled Dream Halloween. The story goes that dress was from the 1954 Oscar ceremony. The full skirt dress and white mink stole were by Anne Zielinski-Old. Perhaps because of the occasion of the Oscar night theme or simply perhaps it was a barbie that depicted Elizabeth Taylor, one of the world's most beautiful and accomplished actresses, the Dream Halloween barbie doll from 1954 reportedly was sold to Actress Demi Moore for a ground breaking $25,000 in 1998. Not the most expensive Barbie doll but one of the most expensive for a celebrity Barbie Doll.
Most Expensive in the World
OK, now that I have teased you - what was the most expensive Barbie in the world?
"The most expensive Barbie doll in the world was introduced in Mexico City. It is valued at one million Mexican pesos -- around $94,800-- and includes 318 real diamonds in its design."
Introduced in 2008 in Mexico to coincide with a film that featured diamonds.
"The doll was launched on the occasion of the release of the DVD "Barbie and the Diamond Castle" (Universal Pictures)." Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/offbeat/articles/2008/09/05/20080905barbie.html#ixzz0uH5u0RHN
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Barbie Wedding Commercial 2006
Barbie & Ken Wedding TV Commercial 2008
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Kelly Kline Burnett (author) from Madison, Wisconsin on February 26, 2015:
Ahhhh you are sooooooooo sweet! :)
Anne@chineseknotweddings on September 22, 2010:
Elegant and cute barbies, I definitely love them all !
Najia Almas on September 08, 2010:
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