Highlights: American Girl Barbie in European Swimsuit

Vintage American Girl Barbie in European Swimsuit

This was an interesting eBay item from a few months ago.  This lovely lady sold in April for $1813.50.

What was really interesting to me was her swimsuit – I have never seen one with a red bottom and a white background.  Every one I have seen had a blue bottom with a pink background.

Someone asked the seller about it and the seller replied: “I have had three of them. As stated in the listing, I have only seen it once on a NRFB doll: an american girl sidepart. It looks completely original, but since I am not the original owner, neither did I debox the doll, I can not be sure. I’m always in the hunt for rare pieces and save them for beautiful dolls that really deserve them. However, I will never be able to know their history for sure. Another collector told me last night that these swimsuits were available in Japan and Europe.” [Read more…]

Bits & Pieces: Ken Casuals

Ken Casuals from the 1961 Mattel Dealer catalogKen Casuals from 1961 Barbie BookletWhen I recently added a page to the website on Ken’s Casuals outfit, I was intrigued by a bit of information I found.

<—This is how the outfit was pictured in the 1961 Mattel Dealer catalog.

When the outfit was released for sale, it included this plain yellow shirt instead. —>

It seems originally Mattel had planned for the yellow knit shirt to have an open neck with red trim. (It looks similar to the style of the white knit shirt from Time for Tennis #790 (1962 – 1963) and Fraternity Meeting #1408 (1964) to me.)

It was also shown in an early Barbie TV ad – but to my knowledge, one of these has never been found.

You can see all the info on Ken’s Casuals here.

Ken Casuals Booklet & Dealer Catalog Pictures

Vintage Barbie Doll Values – August 2013 – The Invasion of the Ponytails!

The last few months have been all about the ponytails. 9 out of the top 10 highest priced vintage Barbie dolls were Ponytails. most of them were blonde. Not a single American Girl in the top 20! Here are the highest priced items sold in the last 90 days in the vintage Barbie category on eBay.

#1 Barbie Dressed Sample Doll

The highest priced item sold was this #1 Ponytail Barbie, listed as a Dressed Sample Doll, wearing Easter Parade.  She received 3 bids and sold for $7,650.  The seller stated it was a “one of a kind #1 DRESSED SAMPLE DOLL. She was made for salesmen only to show her to customers.” She included her box and the complete outfit. He hat was attached to her head with thread.

August 2013 Vintage Barbie Values

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Barbie Booklets 1959 & 1960

1959 Barbie Booklet

Today we are going to start a look back at Barbie Booklets. These little catalogs were included with all Barbie purchases for many, many years. Today we will be looking at the booklets from 1959 and 1960. Next week, we’ll review 1961 & 1962.

The first three books all had this same pink cover with Barbie. They are all marked c. MCMLVIII, which is the Roman number for 1958.

The first book featured Barbie’ debut fashions from 1959 and is the only one to have the three outfits that were sold only in 1959:
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Vintage Barbie Clothing Values February 2013

Here are the highest priced clothing items sold in the last month in the vintage Barbie category on eBay.

Japanese Francie RaincoatVintage Francie Japanese Red CoatTwo Vintage Francie ensembles that were exclusive to the Japanese market share the top slot this month.  Both items – sold by the same seller – sold for $2,000 each.

One is this red velvet coat with white fur trim.  It included the coat, hat,  red print dress, purse and red heels.

The other, the blue raincoat, included the coat, hat, umbrella, boots and gloves.
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Vintage Barbie Doll Values – February 2013

Here are the highest priced items sold in the last two months in the vintage Barbie category on eBay.

Highest priced vintage Barbie Doll Jan-Feb 2013 - #2 brunette ponytailThe highest priced doll was this 1959 #2 brunette ponytail Barbie. She sold for a “Buy It Now” of $6,495. She was sold in her original box with all of her original accessories. The seller stated she had acquired her from the original owner.
#2 brunette ponytail Barbie

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Vintage Barbie Clothing Values – December 2012

NRFB Japanese vintage Barbie ensemble - sold for $2689 dec 2012Here are the highest priced vintage Barbie clothing items sold in the last month in the vintage Barbie category on eBay.

There were three Japanese NRFB vintage Barbie ensembles that were the highest priced clothing items sold – all three sold for the same price and were from the same seller

This Japanese exclusive vintage Barbie ensemble, NRFB, sold as a “buy it now” for $2,689.  The seller called it “Vintage Barbie Rare Japanese Fashion #2615″ with no other information given.
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Vintage Barbie Doll Values – December 2012

Here are the highest priced items sold in the last month in the vintage Barbie category on eBay.  The top ten is totally comprised of vintage ponytail Barbie dolls and vintage Bild Lilli dolls.  There were 5 ponytail Barbie (4 #1’s & 1 #2) and 5 Bild Lillis.

Highest Priced Vintage Barbie Doll

This was the highest priced eBay vintage Barbie doll over the last 30 days.  It was listed as a NRFB #2 Sample Barbie in Variation Busy Gal.    It received 2 bids and sold for $7,800.

One of the photos showed the end of the box stamped with the word SAMPLE.  Other than that, the seller did not give any information as to the provenance of this doll, which I find surprising.  If she would have been able to authenticate it & tell where it came from, it would have perhaps sold for an even higher price.  Perhaps it was a dressed box Barbie – but if so, why was the Busy Girl outfit a variation?

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