1. Canturi's Barbie, 2. The Barbie and the Diamond Castle, 3. The De Beers 40th Anniversary Barbie, 4. Original 1959 Barbie, 5. Barbie in Midnight Red, 6. Pink Diamond Barbie, 7. Gala Abend Barbie, 8. Karl Lagerfeld Barbie, 9. Lorraine Schwartz Barbie, 10. City Smart Silkstone Barbie. Barbie dolls have been a favorite of young girls and even some adults since its introduction in the 1950s. They come in a plethora of varieties and special editions, and they provide so much delight to so many people. This can also be said of collectors who have treasures in their collections, some of which have significant monetary values and others that are respected for their sentimental value. Mattel, Inc. is an American multinational toy manufacturing and entertainment corporation headquartered in El Segundo, California. This business has cooperated with many famous designers to create many costly Barbie dolls that are included in the list of most expensive Barbie dolls in the world. Now, Toplist has compiled a list of the 10 most expensive Barbie dolls in history.
- Canturi’s Barbie
- The Barbie and the Diamond Castle
- The De Beers 40th Anniversary Barbie
- Original 1959 Barbie
- Barbie in Midnight Red
- Pink Diamond Barbie
- Gala Abend Barbie
- Karl Lagerfeld Barbie
- Lorraine Schwartz Barbie
- City Smart Silkstone Barbie
Stefano Canturi, an Australian jewelry designer, debuted the world’s most expensive Barbie doll in 2010, which sold at auction for $302,500. Stefano Canturi was commissioned by Mattel to create a limited edition doll dressed up in high-quality bling to commemorate the Barbie Basics collection in Australia. Mattel commissioned Canturi to create a Barbie that would become the brand’s most expensive doll.
Canturi spent six months designing the luxury Barbie, who wears a spectacular diamond collar necklace. The centerpiece of the necklace is a 1.00 carat cut-cornered modified square-cut fancy bright purple-pink diamond. Canturi’s Barbie is also decked with 3-carat white diamonds. Christie’s in New York auctioned it off for $302,000 dollars. Profits were provided to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in full, as promised.
Canturi’s Barbie also wears a diamond ring. Mattel gave Canturi complete creative control over the Barbie doll. Canturi chose to apply sophisticated makeup to the doll, complete with artificial lashes. The doll is dressed in a simple black evening gown to highlight the gems.
The Barbie and the Diamond Castle
Mattel launched a doll of the same name as a promotional tactic to commemorate the animated film “Barbie and the Diamond Castle” in 2008. While the film went directly to video, the doll is still on everyone’s want list.
The doll’s pink outfit was adorned with 318 diamonds valued at $94,800, fitting for her diamond castle abode. The Barbie and the Diamond Castle wore a tiara, slippers, earrings, necklace, bracelet, and ring all fashioned of white gold and set with real diamonds. The Barbie dress was additionally adorned with 44 round-cut stones totaling 20.66 carats.
Mattel’s Barbie subsidiary in Mexico unveiled a Barbie for one million pesos, or approximately $95,000 at the time, in 2008. The Barbie was based on the main figure from the film “Barbie and the Diamond Castle,” which was released that year.
The Barbie and the Diamond Castle doll was solely produced for publicity purposes and was never sold. The doll’s worth is determined by the value of the gems she is wearing.
The De Beers 40th Anniversary Barbie
The De Beers 40th Anniversary Barbie is an ultra-rare version created through a collaboration between Mattel, the doll’s creator, and the famed De Beers jewelry retailer. They collaborated to construct this exquisite Barbie doll to commemorate the Barbie doll’s 40th anniversary in 1999.
The De Beers 40th Anniversary Barbie cost $85,000 and was adorned with De Beers diamonds. For this premium edition of the 40th anniversary Barbie, De Beers went with a seductive aesthetic.
Original 1959 Barbie
Barbie first appeared in 1959, and any original Barbie doll is highly valuable. Of course, the condition of an Original 1959 Barbie affects her value. Evenan Original 1959 Barbie in poor condition might sell for a few hundred dollars. On the other hand, any original Barbie in mint condition with all of her original accessories and even her box can sell for more than $25,000.
When buying or selling an original Barbie, check for a “Made in Japan” stamp on the bottom of one foot, separated fingers rather than the joined fingers found on most Barbies, “Barbie” stamped on one hip, and a high ponytail style.
The first Barbie was available in blonde or brunette form, clothed in a Hollywood-style bathing suit with dramatic red lips and thick black eyeliner — and approximately 350,000 were sold for a startling $3 each in that first year.
According to The Richest, the only way to tell if a doll is a genuine first edition is to look at the doll’s feet, which have holes in the bottom. The second edition, which was essentially the same as the first but without the holes, was released the following year.
While this Barbie is about $8,000, a flawless condition doll recently sold at auction for $27,450.
Barbie in Midnight Red
Barbie in Midnight Red, a 1965 release, was part of a collection of 4,000 dolls auctioned off at Christie’s in 2006.
A woman in the saleroom purchased the doll on behalf of an unnamed collector. The doll, which was not expected to sell for more than a few pounds initially, ended up becoming the most expensive modern plastic doll sold at auction in the country at the time. When it sold for $17,091, it surprised all of the collectors who had assembled from all over the world to bid on a one-of-a-kind artwork.
This was the highest price ever paid for a Barbie at auction at the time. The unidentified seller also paid $9,550 for Barbie in Midnight Pink. According to reports, both of these hues are uncommon, as the typical color for this Barbie’s clothing was Midnight Blue.
Pink Diamond Barbie
Phillipe and David Blond of The Blonds collaborated with Mattel’s Principal Designer Bill Greening in 2012 to create a one-of-a-kind Barbie to sell to raise funds for charity. Barbie, the world’s most popular doll, is now lending her inimitable support to a charitable cause. This one-of-a-kind pink head-turner is now up for auction until September 25th, with all proceeds benefiting the MAC Aids Fund Organization.
Pink Diamonds Barbie’s outfit was inspired by a style created by The Blonds for a catwalk presentation in 2008. This Barbie doll line, estimated to be about $15,000, made its premiere during The Blond’s New York Fashion Week Spring 2013 show.
Pink Diamonds Barbie is dressed in fuchsia and rose gem-encrusted short corset dress and The Blonds pumps. She also owns a gorgeous luxurious faux pink fur coat, a pink diamond ring, and a set of pink studded diamond earrings.
The Pink Diamonds Barbie ranks sixth on our list of the most expensive Barbie dolls.
Gala Abend Barbie
The Gala Abend Barbie was the second most expensive doll sold that night at Christie’s auction of 4,000 Barbies in 2006. The unidentified collector who paid more than $17,000 for Barbie in Midnight Red also paid nearly $14,000 for the Gala Abend Barbie! The Gala Abend Barbie was projected to sell for only a few hundred dollars before the auction, but her price considerably exceeded expectations.
Gala Evening Anne Marie Crivelli created Barbie’s opulent gown, which was influenced by French fashion. The doll was created by Anne Marie Crivelli. The Barbie doll is dressed in the most expensive attire available in the French Barbie doll collection.
The Gala Abend Barbie was released in Japan and Europe only in 1965, making her extremely uncommon. For more than 50 years, the doll was a great inspiration to girls all across the world. There was even a biography written about her.
On our list of the most expensive Barbie dolls ever released, the Gala Abend Barbie ranks seventh.
Karl Lagerfeld Barbie
Karl Lagerfeld was a fashion legend and Chanel’s creative director from 1983 until his death in 2019. Mattel launched a limited edition Karl Lagerfeld Barbie in 2014 to honor the great. Karl Lagerfeld Barbie was created in limited quantities and quickly sold out. Since then, the dolls have been selling for thousands of dollars on resale sites. One Karl Lagerfeld Barbie is currently on eBay for nearly $8,000!
The Barbie Lagerfeld doll is clothed in Lagerfeld’s likeness, complete with accents from his clothing line of the same name. The doll wears a tailored black jacket, a white high-collared men’s shirt with French cuffs and a black satin cravat, and fitted black pants with the trademark all-over head pattern, all inspired by Karl’s iconic form. The special doll wears black fingerless gloves, sunglasses, black ankle boots, and a black leather purse with silver metallic embellishments.
The doll was notable for having an entirely new facial sculpt created specifically for her. This face sculpts, later nicknamed the Karl Lagerfeld face, has now replaced the previously used Bob Mackie face sculpt as the standard face sculpts for collector brand Barbie dolls.
On our list of the most expensive Barbie dolls ever released, the Karl Lagerfeld Barbie ranks eighth.
Lorraine Schwartz Barbie
Mattel collaborated with 12 CFDA (The Council of Fashion Designers of America) members in 2010 to create 12 unique luxury Barbie dolls to benefit various charities. The most expensive doll that night was the Lorraine Schwartz Barbie, called the “Bling Barbie” by Schwartz and Mattel. Prior to the auction, Mattel released a Barbie Basics doll in a simple little black dress that can be readily decorated and personalized by its owners with special accessory kits containing items like scarves, wallets, shoes, or jewelry.
It’s the one-of-a-kind creation of legendary designer Lorraine Schwartz, paired with the jewels Barbie is wearing. This Barbie’s waist is adorned with a tiny diamond letter “B.” That’s right! They’re genuine diamonds. Schwartz has also created apparel for Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, and other A-list celebs.
Although the Lorraine Schwartz Barbie was wearing $25,000 in diamonds, she only sold for $7,500, far less than the value of her gems.
City Smart Silkstone Barbie
Because the City Smart Silkstone Barbie was released in 2003, there isn’t much information available about her. Only 600 City Smart Barbies were made, with 400 going to the Japanese market and the remaining 200 going to members of the Official Barbie Collector’s Club in the United States. Because Barbie enthusiasts rarely part with limited edition dolls, City Smart Silkstone Barbie often sells for a few thousand dollars.
According to their official website, the City Smart Silkstone Barbie doll was designed to exude “an air of cool refinement” when it debuted in 2003. And it did it with this Barbie’s refined and trendy appearance.
This is not only another Barbie doll made by Robert Best, but it is also a Silkstone Barbie doll, which we all know is a fantastic and special quality to have. This could explain why it sells for roughly $3,000, as well as the fact that there are only 600 in the world.
City Smart Silkstone Barbie was released in 2000, and the name comes from the fact that they are composed of an extremely hard plastic that is meant to resemble porcelain. Silkstone Barbies are popular among collectors due to their retro design.