9 Barbies That Are Worth a Fortune Today

Don’t toss out these old Barbies, as they could be worth big money.

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Updated July 18, 2024
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Barbies have been a staple of childhood in America since the beloved doll made her debut in 1959. People everywhere adore Barbie for the glamor and sophistication she represents.

This is a doll with mad collector appeal, and the recent blockbuster film has only added to her popularity — and value — as a collectible.

If you are trying to build wealth, know that the dolls you played with as a child could be worth hundreds of dollars today — and possibly more. Here’s a fun look at 10 of the world’s most valuable Barbie dolls.

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The Stefano Canturi Barbie

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In 2009, Mattel invited jewelry designer Stefano Canturi to create a diamond necklace for a one-of-a-kind Barbie. This custom-made doll wears 3 carats of white diamonds around her neck and an additional square-cut pink diamond.

The doll stoked a bidding frenzy at a 2010 New York Christie’s auction before going for the staggering sum of $302,500. All sales proceeds went to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Teen Talk Barbie

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Mattel bobbled big in 1992 when it produced Teen Talk Barbie.

The doll could “talk” four different phrases from a random sound bank of 270 lines, including, “Math class is tough” and “Do you have a crush on anyone?”

Outraged consumers felt the doll’s phrases reinforced stereotypes about girls and young women. While the toymaker didn’t issue a full-out recall of the doll, it did offer to swap dolls.

A Teen Talk Barbie recently sold for $700 on Poshmark.

Millennium Princess Barbie

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Mattel’s Millennium Princess Barbie was beautifully attired in a velvet gown and silver sparkles. One of these dolls that was still in its original packaging sold for $12,000 on eBay.

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Original 1959 Barbie

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Original 1959 Barbie dolls are rare. If you have a vintage 1959 doll, it could be worth big bucks — especially if you have the original box or any of the original clothing and accessories.

A 1959 Barbie with her original vinyl case, shoes, and accessories recently sold for $16,500 on eBay.

Marie Antoinette Barbie

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This Barbie doll’s regal presence seems to silently proclaim, “Let them eat cake!”

Immaculately coiffed and styled, a stunning example of the 2003 Marie Antoinette Barbie sold for $1,500 on Mercari.

Haunted Beauty Vampire Barbie

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With Barbie, it’s not all bubblegum pink and sunshine and sparkles. A Haunted Beauty Vampire Barbie recently sold for $500 on Mercari.

Cher Barbie

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If you love Cher and have a 2007 Cher Ringmaster Platinum Farewell Tour Barbie, it could be worth some big bucks.

A brand-new Cher Barbie — wearing an amazing replica of Cher’s concert costume — was listed for $3,000 on eBay and sold to someone who made a “best offer.”

African-American Sun Gold Malibu Barbie

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It’s not just the iconic blonde-haired Barbie that commands high prices: Mattel’s 1983 release of an African-American Sun Gold Malibu Barbie sold recently for $10,000 on eBay.

Holiday Barbie with a misprint

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Collectors love a good misprint: A 1997 Holiday Barbie with a misprint on the box sold for $6,000 on eBay. The box shows a photo of a blue-eyed Barbie, but the doll inside has green eyes.

If you are hoping to get ahead financially, perhaps a Mattel misprint will wind up making you a small windfall.

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Bottom line

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Your old Barbies could be major collectibles. It’s possible that selling an old Barbie could even boost your bank account.

And if you want to make a bet on the future, try buying a new Barbie and keeping it in mint condition without opening the packaging. With any luck, it will be worth a lot more money in a decade or so.

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Stacy Garrels

Stacy enjoys writing about fintech, consumer deals, the side hustle economy, and random tomfoolery. She's personally tried more than 100 different gigs, including being an Uber driver for one afternoon.