World’s Most Expensive Barbie Dolls

Thursday, 13 May 2010 10:58 by Roe Kalb

Barbie dolls first took the world by storm in 1959, courtesy of Mattel, Inc. and quickly become a household name.

Having been around for decades, Barbie – named after creator Ruth Handler's daughter, Barbara – has made sure to keep up with the times, becoming the doll world's top trend-setter.

Check out the most expensive Barbie dolls in the world:

Barbie No. 1 – $8,000

For those who prefer the nostalgia factor to the bling factor, this expensive Barbie is the very first one ever made. Barbie No. 1 features a ponytail and zebra-striped bathing suit. This vintage Barbie doll is truly a historic artifact.

De Beers 40th Anniversary Barbie – $85,000

Barbie turned 40 with style. Diamond giant De Beers could not let the momentous occasion simply go by, and created a unique dress covered in 160 diamonds and 18k white gold jewelry for Barbie to wear on her special day.

Barbie and the Diamond Castle – $95,361

This doll, introduced in Mexico City, was not created for sale, but rather for promotional purposes ahead of the "Barbie and the Diamond Castle" movie. It features a total of 318 diamonds, weighing in at 20.66 carats. Forty-four of the gems decorate her dress while the rest adorn her white gold accessories.

Canturi Barbie – $540,780

To celebrate the new Barbie Basics Collection, a line of urban socialite dolls each with a different hairstyle and skintone and wearing her own unique Little Black Dress, Mattel contracted renowned jewelry designer Stefan Canturi to create a stunning ensemble.

Canturi Barbie's necklace features 3-carats of white polished diamonds, arranged in a Cubist style and surrounding a rare pink diamond from Australia’s Argyle mine. The centerpiece is a 1-carat emerald. Barbie also wears a ring adorned with another diamond on her right hand.

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