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One of the most popular and recognizable doll brands in the 20th and 21st centuries, Barbie dolls are highly
sought after by collectors today, particularly well-preserved vintage models. With endless special editions and
accessories, Barbie collectors can choose from a dizzying array of dolls and other items.
Barbie is the creation of the Mattel toy company of Hawthorne, California. Ruth Handler, who cofounded
Mattel Creations with her husband Elliot, designed the doll to be a toy that would allow young girls to dream about
their futures as teenagers and adults. The original 1959 Barbie doll was first introduced as Barbie the Teen-Age
Fashion Model. At 11.5 inches tall, she was first displayed at the New York Toy Fair on March 9, 1959 sporting a
pony-tail hairstyle, black-and-white striped swimsuit, open-toed shoes, sunglasses, and hoop earrings.
As styles changed with the '60s, so did Barbie. Her ponytail hairstyle evolved to a bubble cut and then to
straight, shiny hair. Her makeup became more relaxed and her outfits more diverse. Barbie personas included
careers such as astronaut, doctor, and CEO. Barbie has also had a parade of friends over the years, including her
including her original best friend, Midge. Her longtime boyfriend Ken debuted on March 11, 1961. Barbie also has
several siblings as well as hundreds of accessories.
Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts from the fictional town of Willows, Wisconsin. She
was inspired by the Handlers' daughter Barbara. Barbie's boyfriend Ken was inspired by the Handlers' son Ken
The best-selling Barbie doll to date is Totally Hair Barbie. Introduced in 1992, her hair measured 10.5 inches
The highest price ever paid for a Barbie doll was a special edition Barbie created by Australian jewelry
designer Stefano Canturi for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The doll was purchased in 2010 for