Were you once a Barbie girl, living in a Barbie world? Then check your attic and your old boxes of childhood toys, because there are many Barbie dolls that have drastically risen in value over the years, to the extent that you could now be sitting on a small fortune. Here, we’ve compiled a list of 40 of the most valuable dolls ever made. But whether or not you choose to sell is up to you; for some, Barbie is always priceless!
Bob Mackie Starlight Splendor Barbie (1991): $200
These days fashion designer Bob Mackie is in his 80s. In his time he’s dressed some of the most famous women in showbiz: Marilyn Monroe, Diana Ross, Judy Garland… and Barbie. Yep, this beautiful Barbie from 1991 — one of Mattel’s “Timeless Treasures” — is his creation.
The Starlight Splendor Barbie is so expensive because of all the time and effort that went into her gorgeous black-and-silver dress. It features 5,000 beads and sequins, all of which were painstakingly sewn-on by hand. Wow!
Ferrari Barbie (2000): $225
This Barbie isn’t dressed to drive a Ferrari, but man does she look great! Her official description reads, “This is the only Limited Edition Barbie doll that embodies the glamor of the Ferrari name and the lifestyle associated with these magnificent motorcars.” It further identifies Ferrari as Barbie’s favorite car marque. Who knew?
Swarovski was also involved with the creation of this doll. Ferrari Barbie wears a pair of Swarovski earrings to go with her beautiful red evening dress, feather cape, and Ferrari Horse hair ornament.
I Love Lucy ‘Sales Resistance’ Barbie (2004): $300
There were a few I Love Lucy Barbie dolls made back in the 2000s, and this one is based on Lucy’s outfit in the season-two episode “Sales Resistance.” Arguably it’s Lucille Ball’s most famous look: the polka-dot dress.
These dolls seem to go for wildly differing prices depending on the source of your purchase. But they’re retired collectables now, so if you’ve still got one and it has a certificate of authenticity, it could well be worth a few hundred dollars.
White Ginger Bubblecut Barbie (1961): $345
Barbie got a brand new hairdo in 1961: the “bubblecut.” Bubblecut Barbie came in a few different hairstyles, but one of the rarest ones of all was the “White Ginger” color, which was a sort of platinum blonde.
These older Barbies were hard to keep in good condition. When exposed to the elements, their hair color would change slightly and the plastic used to make them would turn slightly sticky. But if you have one that’s still pristine, you could be looking at a good bit of money.