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Planning to Marie Kondo your basement or your attic? The cheapest of toys — and even random pieces of plastic you got free with a burger and fries — can be worth ificant sums today.


When Mattel, Inc. As with most things, our multi-faceted lady made her debut in New York.

Families, girls growing up, and a whole slew of collectors have been grateful to Mattel president and inventor, Ruth Handler, for giving them a franchise worth appreciating in all its manifold splendors. And, as has become the case, to cash in on! Barbie dolls are not just pretty they are also pretty expensive, if some of their collector-value prices are to be believed.

Keep the release years for each doll in mind, as well as what rare qualities are required for them to be eligible for the values mentioned in this article. We have, for your convenience, listed them from least expensive to most.

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It's possible that you've got some of these hiding in your basement somewhere; whether you decide to sell it, if you have one, is up to you. But we hope that you'll all make a pretty penny off of these Barbie dolls! Between the faux-fur stole and the floor-length black gown, the doll gives off a ature presence, one of pure elegance and red-carpet charm.

The de was inspired by the classic American Tuxedo, with Barbie introducing some excellent femininity to the overall look. A sleeveless de adds to her grace, along with six silvery buttons, diamond earrings, and lapels flourished with satin.

Rare qualities include the fact that the doll should never once have been removed from its original box packaging. With only ten thousand pieces sold worldwide, it comes as no surprise how she made it to our list. Touted to be a "tribute to the glorious and iconic 80s," this Barbie was deed by prime talent. What Bill Greening helped realize in this particular doll is nothing short of nostalgia. The belt, the silver linings, the heels, that Goldie Hawn hairdo, and of course those bulbous shoulders, we have a Barbie who distinctly even poses for the role.

Rare quality requirements include the fact that the doll still remain inside its original box.

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Talk about striking gold. This doll has indeed captured the exotic romanticism of Spain.

The redhead Barbie has a fiery-soft expression to match her Spanish roots and the white satin opera gloves bring outstanding elegance to her overall look. The rare quality requirement for Dahlia Barbie is that she remain in mint condition, i. Anyone who has seen Lucille Ball is sure to have fallen in love with her.

This Barbie is a tribute to the genius of Lucille Ball, and comes dressed for the role. If you have it, it can go for the value mentioned.

You probably love her too much to let her go anyway. Regal, historically accurate, and grace personified. These are some of the qualities that pop to mind when we examine the Empress Josephine Barbie, who was obviously inspired by the monarch of the same name. The satin gown is non-removable, is hemmed with gold fringe and decorated with fine golden braid-work. By way of royal jewelry, this Barbie has on pearl earrings and necklace both fauxthe latter embellished with crystals, and a pair of double strand bracelets.

Her shoes are gold and print-painted. The smooth cappuccino evening gown is a lesson in show-stoppery.

A mermaid-themed skirt de and strapless taffeta bustier give Chataine Barbie an ultra-gorgeous look. In her hand is a chocolate-brown faux-fur stole that brushes off her look with wealthy flourish. Rhinestone and gold earrings are her choice of accessories for the evening.

Another Robert Best original, this Barbie looks like a regular at classy gatherings and elegant dances. Parisian through and through, our Belle is dressed in a lilac gown accented with intricate puff sleeves, a simple train, and of course an ooh-la-la bow whose size could draw as much attention as La Tour de Eiffel.

After all, this very doll was part of a limited series made exclusively for those who attended the Paris Fashion Doll Festival in Hip, American, and chic all the way. The skirt, grey crop top, and jacket are single pieces, each tagged with the original CK label. A windbreaker, also Calvin Klein, and a rather cute backpack complete her list of accessories for what looks like a fun day out with friends.

Enough detail has gone into this doll that even her innerwear is CK-branded. The cool elegance of Grace Kelly meets the sensuous pride of Elizabeth Taylor.

The Trace of Lace Barbie doll is a class apart, a walking affair of chiffon and black lace. The ruffled skirt is as glamorous as it can be, without slipping into the realms of scandal. Her waist and bodice are beautifully decorated with white-satin ribbon and ebony be. A limited Japanese collector model, there are only five hundred of these black-lace marvels in circulation worldwide. Is one of them yours? Trench in Tattersall is almost always in, and Coach Barbie makes an excellent example of it. This is precisely what the Coach brand is all about, and this doll has taken it up a few notches with brilliant accessorising.

The Barbie franchise has applied plenty of faux pieces in its doll line-up, but here we see Coach Barbie toting a genuine leather duffel bag. This directly pays tribute to the Coach brand, in fact the bag was made in a Coach handbag factory. The Gorgon Medusa! A powerful look and de has gone into this Barbie, from the green corset to her fishtail skirt made of fine chiffon.

Voila, snake arm necklace and cuffs, brushed golden! Her auburn hair is all in curls, bringing out a certain primal side of Barbie. She might seem like a grown up version of Tinker Bell, but this Barbie is all grace, silent power, and hidden magical charm. This Barbie is the second under the Legends of Ireland category. The Hanbok is colored festively to represent springtime. One can only wonder how the traditional dress would have been received at the royal court, all the more so considering that a princess is wearing it.

A modern gown for the modern bride.

The rhinestone floral brooch on her blue satin sash adds to the overall enchantment and breath-taking beauty. You need to have the blonde-haired blue-eyed platinum label version of this Barbie, and Monique Lhuillier herself should have ed the box. Part of the illustrious Fashion Model Collection, this Barbie is turning he for all the right reasons. The dress is perfect for garden parties, formal evening dinners, or even a ball. The printed silk organza is nothing short of genius.

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It goes over a satin under-dress. The tulle petticoat is deed with lilac taffeta trim, and looks just as splendiferous. In keeping with her name, this belle of the ball has violets in her hair. Looks like retro just hit it fabulous. Rare qualities for this Barbie include that she be a platinum edition piece, deed by Robert Best. The scandalous Queen was known for a lot of faux pas moments, but her image seems to have found redemption in this one of a kind Barbie. The gown is historically accurate: full-length pantaloons, satin-ribboned shoes, and gold tassels, the whole shebang.

The rhinestone necklace rounds up that perfectly royal look in ways that only the infamous Marie Antoinette could pull off. Part of the lauded, memorable, nostalgia-inspiring I Love Lucy series, this doll takes us back to all those Christmas episodes where Lucy gave us something special at the end. Jingle Bells routinely aired on Christmas Eve, the first one going live in Here she is, folks, the one and only Lucille Ball, in Santa costume. Actual owners looking to re-sell are your best hope of getting this gorgeous yesteryear model, deed exclusively for the Fashion Doll and Bear Extravaganza Boston, U.

We are not referring to the pantaloon wearing version, but the limited edition Chicago Cubs Barbie as seen in the image.

In addition to a game ticket the box also contained a commemorative card. The white stripe-shirt, sporty blue shorts, and classic baseball cap and sneakers both blue sell the Chicago Cubs uniform look like none other. While the box itself was stampedthe game was officially played in And no ordinary Cher, either, but dressed in the ringmaster outfit the legendary singer wore on her Farewell Tour.

Deed by the talented Bob Mackie, this Barbie Collectible is replete with sparkly body suit, plumed purple top hat and coattails, and all the style in the world. The blonde-haired Barbie-Cher you own should never have been removed from its box and must be the platinum label version.

Mattel has managed to capture the thrill and high-stakes glamor of the racing world and has us rubbernecking to catch a glimpse of the doll. A vision of springtime, floral grace, and warm splendor, this Barbie will make anyone smile.

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The lady who lived two houses up had grown up kids that had moved out and away, but she still kept a jar of lollies in her house for the neighbourhood kids.


I'm glad your friend has sent you the collection, all that chocolate is not so good for the liver lol!