Many of us have owned a Barbie at some point in our lives. These dolls have been around for many years and continue to remain one of the most popular toys today. Each doll comes with a unique aesthetic; some dolls are princesses while others are astronauts or doctors.
The Barbie doll was invented in 1959 and Mattel has sold over a billion dolls since its introduction to the world. While all Barbies are popular among kids, there are a few that stand out for being particularly valuable — some of them with price tags that reach into the thousands. Here are the most valuable Barbies in the world today.
Calvin Klein Barbie
In 1996, Mattel created a doll that featured designer Calvin Klein’s high-quality denim. The doll is a limited-edition piece and is incredibly hard to find today and is worth $1,400.
This ’90s-trend Barbie is adorned in a gray t-shirt worn with a denim jacket. The shirt is imprinted with the CK logo. She’s truly a big Calvin Klein fan as she’s also wearing Calvin Klein underwear! Other accessories include white sneakers and a backpack.
Barbie As Medusa
Medusa Barbie was inspired by the famous villain in the Disney movie The Little Mermaid. She was created by designer Linda Kyawfor for adult collectors, not kids. Only 6,500 of these dolls were manufactured so it can be quite the challenge to get your hands on one. Medusa Barbie was created in 2008 and has been sold for $1,500.
Like the movie villain, Barbie is defined by her dark, long, and curly locks. She is dressed in a black fishtail dress with a gold train. Gold snake jewelry adorns the doll’s neck, arms, and ears.
Summer Daydreams Barbie
Summer Daydreams Barbie is a collector’s edition doll that was inspired by the Fashion Classic Series put out by Coca Cola. The doll debuted in 1997, right after the ad for Coke was released. Today, it retails for up to $1,514. This doll is incredibly nostalgic and she’s adorned in a long white dress accented with red satin ribbons.
The skirt is lined with white pearl buttons and is worn with a straw hat with a bow. The doll is also holding a small Coke bottle with a straw and an umbrella.
The first Barbie ever released by Mattel was simply named Original Barbie. Released in 1959, the doll is worth a whopping $27,450 today. This doll is Barbie in her simplest form, sans the fancy outfits and accessories.
Designed by Ruth Handler, Original Barbie is adorned in a black and white striped bathing suit and has her hair styled in a chic ’50s hairdo. Her accessories include gold hoops and sunglasses. The best way to tell if your Barbie is a first edition doll is to check for holes at the bottom of her feet — the first ones had these holes so they could be placed in a stand.
City Smart Silkstone Barbie
City Smart Silkstone Barbie is one of the chicest dolls ever made by Mattel. The doll is incredibly hard to find as only 600 dolls were made. She was introduced in 2003 and is worth $2,995 today. This unique doll is an embodiment of a modern-day, sophisticated woman.
She is wearing a black sheath dress that adds a touch of old school glamour. This is paired with a white hat accented with a black bow. A black handbag and some white gloves complete this iconic look.
Pink Jubilee Barbie
The Pink Jubilee Barbie was introduced in 1989 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the doll. She was presented to every attendee at a launch party which was held at the Lincoln Center in New York City. This fashionable doll is now worth $800.
Pink Jubilee Barbie’s aesthetic is defined by ’80s style. Her outfit features a long satin dress in pale pink with a silver print. This is paired with a silver gown that’s tied together with a sash on the side. Some dazzling earrings and a big hairdo complete this vintage Barbie doll’s look.
The Christie Doll
The Christie Doll was the first African-American doll introduced by Mattel. There are a few variations of the doll, which was first released in 1968 as a friend of Barbie’s. Christy also had the ability to talk! This doll can retail anywhere from $100 to $900 today.
If the doll has black hair, it has a higher value. Some dolls have a reddish tint to their hair due to oxidization, which lowers the value. The doll has a body shape similar to Barbie’s and they could share clothes.
Another iconic doll added as a companion to Barbie was her boyfriend, Ken. He was famously known for being Barbie’s long-time love interest. The doll was first introduced in 1961, two years after Barbie was released. An original Ken doll has a value of up to $375 today.
According to Mattel, the pair met during a fashion show and were together until 2004 when they went through a brief split, but they were back together by 2011. Ken comes with his own line of various outfits and accessories.
Nascar #94 Barbie
Nascar #94 Barbie is one of the most “all-American” Barbies to exist. In addition to being a Nascar doll, it is also sponsored by McDonald’s. Introduced in 1999, this doll was designed by Sharon Zuckerman. It was inspired by race car driver Bill Elliot.
The doll is adorned in a red and yellow race suit that comes with a helmet and a cap. The doll’s visor has “NASCAR” printed on it, front and center. The suit itself features patches with various sponsor names like Bosch and Reese’s. Today, Nascar #94 Barbie has a retail price of $2,293.
Stefano Canturi Barbie
The Stefano Canturi doll was introduced in 2010 and is the most expensive Barbie ever sold by Mattel. One reason for the high price tag was because the doll’s dress and jewelry were inspired by the world-famous fashion designer, Stefano Canturi.
Barbie’s necklace features Australian pink diamonds with an emerald cut. Each stone is a full carat! The necklace also has three carats sparkling white diamonds that add to the beauty. The retail value of this doll is a staggering $302,500.
One of Mattel’s signature Barbie dolls is Chataine Barbie, part of the Fashion Model Collection. This doll is the embodiment of opulence and elegance. She was released in 2003 and is a limited edition doll, worth nearly $1,150 today.
Chataine Barbie is adorned in a coffee-colored evening gown with a mermaid skirt. An evening jacket made of lace and sequins is worn over the dress, and a brown fur stole adds to the opulence of this stunning ensemble. The doll’s hair is styled into a chic chignon.
Carol Spencer Holiday Barbie
The Carol Spencer Holiday Barbie was introduced in 1994 and was named after a designer who worked at Mattel for more than 30 years. She was known for giving her dolls incredibly extravagant dresses, and she wanted to design a special doll for the holiday season.
This doll retails at $999 and is really hard to track down, making it a doll collector’s dream. The Barbie has puffy red sleeves with a red gown that features pink sequins and green beadwork. Her hair is in a high ponytail and tied with a matching red hair tie.
The Pink Splendor Barbie
The Pink Splendor Barbie was introduced in 1996 and it first retailed for a whopping $900. This doll is incredibly rare and there are only 10,000 dolls in existence around the world, making them difficult to track down. This Barbie is known for her over-the-top hairdo which features a high top bun that is two inches high!
It earned the name Pink Splendor for the doll’s satin pink dress that features a gold lace design and a matching bodice. If you wish to own a replica of this doll, you can buy it on Amazon for $339.
Marie Antoinette Barbie
If you’re into history, then the Marie Antoinette Barbie is a must-have in your collection. This doll was introduced in 2003 and has a value of $1,250. As the name suggests, this stunning doll was inspired by the French queen and is every bit as royal.
The Marie Antoinette Barbie is adorned in an extravagant regal blue gown with a matching bodice. The dress is enhanced with some gold lace that is embedded across the skirt and the base. A matching hat with feather tassels completes this exquisite look.
‘The Birds’ Barbie
One of the most unique dolls created by Mattel has to be ‘The Birds’ Barbie. This doll was inspired by the famous Alfred Hitchcock movie The Birds. Although this Barbie is only worth $250, her uniqueness makes it worth adding to your collection.
She was first introduced in 2008 and was designed by Bill Greening. The designer recreated this outfit from the movie, a stylish lime green suit worn by the lead actress, Tippi Hedren. ‘The Birds’ Barbie has a terrified look on her face as she is attacked by large blackbirds.
Totally Hair Barbie
If you’re into Barbie’s long blonde hair, the Totally Hair Barbie is a must-have in your collection. This doll was a 25th-anniversary edition and was one of Mattel’s best-selling Barbies. She was introduced in 1992 and is worth $160 today.
The Barbie takes inspiration from ’90s style and has a colorful mini dress and styled with gel earrings. However, it’s the hair that makes this doll so iconic. Long blonde hair flows down to her legs and is held together with a pink hairband. You can find this doll on e-Bay.
Devi Kroell Barbie
Another chic fashion Barbie released by Mattel is the Devi Kroell doll. This one was styled by fashion designer Devi Kroell, the famous Italian designer known for his handbags. The doll was released in 2010 and is now worth $1,075.
This Barbie’s dressed in a chic cashmere black dress with a bow at the center. This is paired with some knee-high bedazzled boots and a pink handbag. The Devi Kroell Barbie is synonymous with modern-day elegance and sophistication. This on-of-a-kind doll sold for $1,075 at an auction for the Council of Fashion Designers in the U.S.
Lorraine Schwartz Barbie
This doll was designed by the famous jewelry designer, Lorraine Schwartz, who is known for creating pieces that are worn by A-list celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Beyoncé. The designer teamed up with Mattel Inc to create a doll featuring her jewelry.
The doll was released in 2010 and was sold at an auction for $7,500. This Barbie has long red hair and is adorned in a mini black bodycon dress that comes with a belt and a bedazzled B. A black stole is wrapped around her neck. Barbie’s jewelry includes a stack of diamond bracelets and chunky earrings.
De Beers 40th Anniversary Doll
De Beers is a famous diamond retailer that partnered with Mattel Inc to create a unique doll to celebrate the toy company’s 40th anniversary. This Barbie was released in 1999 and was sold at an auction for $85,000, making it one of the most valuable dolls in the world.
The doll is adorned in a sheer skirt in pink and gold along with a gold bikini top. An orange scarf is wrapped around the doll’s arms. The Anniversary Barbie is wearing a belt that includes 160 diamonds created by the iconic jewelry designer.
American Girl Barbie
The American Girl Barbie was produced between 1965 and 1967 and was known for her glamourous vintage hairstyle. The doll was called Bendable Leg Barbie when she was first introduced and was later renamed American Girl Barbie.
The doll had a pageboy haircut that comes in different colors like blonde, titan, brunette, and platinum. She is adorned in a striped swimsuit and turquoise heels. Since the doll was made in Japan, there are Japanese versions of the doll as well. An American Girl Barbie was recently sold for $180.