ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Finding the Value of Barbie Dolls: A Guide for Barbie Doll Collectors

Updated on August 7, 2014

A original 1959 Barbie in the box can fetch several hundred to several thousand dollars. Love of the Barbie doll and tales of childhood toys purchased for a couple of bucks selling for thousands led many to become Barbie doll collectors. Unfortunately the increase in collecting means the dolls may not have gone up in value as much as you hoped. Most may even be worth less than what you paid for them. Researching the value of Barbie dolls in your collection will help you decide if you want to keep them, sell them, or pass them on to your child to play with.

eBay

As a Barbie value guide, eBay is a quick way to see the value of most Barbies and Barbie accessories. You will need to find your exact Barbie model and condition to get a good idea of your Barbie doll’s worth. When searching eBay, look for auctions with bids and add these to your watch list. Then you can see the final price that doll sells for. Barbie dolls are only worth what people are willing to pay for them. You may see buy it now prices in the hundreds for your doll, however the advertised price may not be the actual selling price. You want to see the actual selling price to get a good idea of your doll’s value.

Books

The Collector’s Encyclopedia of Barbie Doll Exclusives and More is a series of books dedicated to the rarer and exclusive releases of Barbie dolls. This series of books includes identification and value of Barbies and is kept up to date. Other Barbie value guide books such as Warman’s Barbie Doll Field Guide and general doll value books can be good resources for identifying your doll, but older publications may have out of date values. You’ll want to reference a book published within the last five years to get a more accurate estimate of the value of Barbie dolls.

Doll Shop

If you are still unsure of the value of your Barbie dolls, then take them to a local doll shop. Doll shop owners will often do appraisals of dolls for free or for a low fee. If you can’t find a doll shop near you, doll shops and museums may do appraisals through their websites. You will need several high quality photos for a good evaluation online. If you happen to have a rare and valuable Barbie doll, the appraiser may even offer to buy it from you.

Valuable Barbie Dolls

Most contemporary Barbie dolls, made after 1970, have little value above the original retail price. It’s the vintage Barbies from the 1960s that usually bring in the highest prices in Barbie doll collecting. Valuable contemporary Barbie dolls tend to be dolls that are part of special limited edition collections and sold as collector dolls, and not meant to be played with. For example in 2011, the Marie Antoinette Barbie Doll originally sold by Mattel for $249, sold on eBay for $1000. This doll was still in the original package. Unopened and unused Barbie dolls will have a higher value than the same doll that has been opened for either display or play. The 2006 Dahlia Silkstone Barbie sold on eBay for over $800 in 2011.

Comments

Submit a Comment

  • rebeccamealey profile image

    Rebecca Mealey 

    6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    This is good information for collectors. Thank you!

  • tillsontitan profile image

    Mary Craig 

    6 years ago from New York

    Nice hub. Barbie dolls that portray celebrities also seem to climb in value - Lucille Ball, Cruella DeVille - also Barbies portraying movie characters. I'm sure Barbie collectors can add more. Voted interesting.

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)