Vintage Barbie dolls from 1959 through the late 1960s are extremely sought after by collectors. These Barbies, which frequently possessed flexible legs or red hair, are among the most unusual and precious. A mint-condition Barbie from this era can now fetch close to $25,000 in today's market.
Barbie was founded in New York City in 1945 by Ruth Handler and her husband, Harry. The couple decided to name their new company "Barbie, Doll" after Barbara Hutton, a famous American tennis player. They chose the first letter of each player's last name to create the acronym BAH.
The original Barbi dolls were cloth dolls with movable arms and legs. They came in two sizes, small ($10) and large ($15). The small version did not come with a head, while the large version had removable facial features including a mouth, nose, and eyes. Each feature could be washed in water without damaging the plastic.
In 1955, Mattel introduced its first vinyl baby doll. It was a success and later that year, it added clothes to its range of products. In 1958, Barbie appeared in her current form - a miniature replica of a young woman. She was designed by Niki Edmondson and given her name (a combination of the words "barbara" and "blond").
The original Barbie doll, released in 1959, had golden hair, a black and white beach suit, and blue eyeshadow. While the estimated value of this unusual Barbie is $8,000, a pristine condition doll sold at auction for $27,450.
Barbie has been popular with girls all over the world since she first stepped out of her factory box. The original Barbie was such a success that more than 100 different versions have been released over the years. Each version features a different hairstyle, skin color, outfit, etc.
There are two main types of Barbies: classic and modern. Classic Barbies tend to be valued higher than modern ones because they feature more detailed clothing and accessories. Modern Barbies tend to be less expensive because many of their parts are interchangeable with other dolls.
Barbies have earned billions for Mattel over the years. In addition to the original doll, which sells for about $8,000 today, other famous Barbies include Bonnie Parker ($12,500), Marilyn Monroe ($20,000), and Padmé Amidala from Star Wars ($150,000).
Barbie has appeared in many movies, television shows, and commercials.
Barbie's Favorite Dolls The First Barbie- The original 1959 first edition Barbie is extremely rare. According to Money, Inc., she is worth $8,000 even in used condition. She might be worth more than $27,000 in excellent condition. Her body is made of polyvinyl chloride and she has movable arms and legs.
The Second Edition Barbié was released in 1960. These dolls were harder for parents to accept because they resembled young women instead of boys. They still had removable faces though, so their appearance could be changed at any time. In addition to plastic, some had metal bones too. Money, Inc., says the second edition Barbie is worth $7,000 in used condition and $140,000 in perfect condition.
The third edition Barbie was released in 1964. These dolls had more detailed skin textures and colors, as well as new accessories. They looked more like real girls now. The third edition Barbies were the first with interchangeable face plates. This allowed the doll to have different appearances without having to replace the whole head.
The fourth edition Barbie was released in 1969. These dolls had more realistic looking hair styles and clothes. They also came with a book that told kids how to dress them. This is one of the rarest editions of Barbie because it only included black and white dolls.