For many girls (and boys) the Barbie doll isn’t just a regular plastic toy. I remember when I got my first Barbie: it was for my 7th birthday and it was exactly the one I wanted. Many years have passed since then and my Barbie is still one of the most precious belongings I have. Barbie is a cultural icon and people spend thousands of dollars on “special edition” Barbies. There are collectible Barbie dolls that cost a fortune. If you ever wondered about the most expensive Barbie dolls on the planet, check out our list:
1. Stefano Canturi Barbie – $632,000
That’s right ladies and gentleboys, this Barbie costs more than half million dollars. What’s so special about this rare doll you might ask? When Mattel wanted to launch the Barbie Basics Australian collection, they asked Stefano Canturi (a famous jewelry designer) to help make it special. And special it was. What makes this doll one of the most expensive Barbie dolls in the world is that it wears a necklace made out of a rare one carat pink diamond. Surrounding the pink diamonds are several other smaller three carats white diamonds. And that’s not all. This Barbie is also wearing a diamond ring on her glued-together fingers. Stefano Canturi has personally designed all the jewelry in his famous Cubism style. The most expensive Barbie in the world was unveiled in 2010 at the Australian Fashion Week and “blinded” everyone attending with its diamond shine. Shine bright like a diamond…
2. The Diamond Castle Barbie – $95,000
In 2008 Barbie starred in Barbie and the Diamond Castle, a computer animation feature film. Although the movie wasn’t a hit, the producers thought it would help promoting it if they made a very expensive Barbie doll. And they did. This Barbie doll’s dress was encrusted with no less than 315 real diamonds. Talk about an expensive glittery experience. Unfortunately, this super expensive Barbie didn’t help with the movie’s promotion. Well, at least it entered our top list of the most expensive Barbie dolls in the world. Better than nothing, right?
3. The De Beers Barbie – $85,000
In 1999, when Barbie celebrated its 40th anniversary, famous jewelry company De Beers wanted to make a very special doll. Barbie was unveiled wearing a belt encrusted with more than 150 real diamonds and white gold jewelry.
4. The First Barbie Doll Ever – $8,000
The first Barbie doll was released in 1959. As you can see, it looked much different that it looks today. It had holes in its heels, white irises, blue eye shadow and black outlines. The eyebrows were arched, unlike the modern Barbies which have rounded eyebrows. The first edition of Barbie dolls were blonde and brunette. Back then they cost $3 and now you can get one for $8,000. If your Barbie has holes in the bottom of the feet it means you are a lucky owner of a first edition model. In a few years it will cost double so keep it safe.
5. The Lorraine Schwartz Barbie – $7,500
Lorraine Schwartz is a famous American diamond and jewelry designer whose works have been worn by many celebrities including Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lopez Beyonce and Hale Berry. One of the most expensive Barbie dolls in the world is dressed in a $25,000 diamonds encrusted dress. Although this Barbie was worth more than $25,000, it was sold at an auction for only $7,500. We might add she or he is one lucky Barbie aficionado.
We really hope you enjoyed our top 5 of the most expensive Barbie dolls ever sold. For us, Barbie lovers, these dolls are priceless, right?