Considered by many to be the “Holy Grail” of Vintage Barbie collecting, this tiny vintage Barbie Brass Compact from Roman Holiday recently sold for $535 on eBay. The compact is very rare because the Roman Holiday ensemble was only sold for one year, 1959 – it was part of Barbie’s very first wardrobe. The compact is Barbie sized – maybe 1/4″ to 1/2″ across.
The seller of the item stated that the compact showed some wear and that the hinge needed to be repaired. In years past, mint condition compacts have sold for as much as $1500 – and based on this item, I think it would be safe to say that a compact in mint condition with the powder puff would reach $1000 or more.