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Why Are Barbie Dolls So Expensive?

This is a Barbie world. The era of pink rule. Barbie core hustle.

As the Barbie movies hit theaters, the world is obsessed with all things Barbie—from Barbie-themed clothes and shoes to the nostalgic dolls themselves.

But there is one man who beats us all. Yang Jian, a 43-year-old creative strategist, has been in love with Barbie since 1985. As of 2023, he has over 12,000 Barbie dolls spread throughout his parents' townhouse, 2 storage rooms, and 4 bedrooms. Together, these Barbie dolls make up the largest Barbie collection in Asia, worth over S$500,000. Some of his antique dolls alone are worth about S$25,000 each.


Jane had such an extensive (and expensive) collection that it left us all wondering: How could one Barbie be worth multiple times my monthly salary? How does this person know which Barbie dolls are worth buying? In a world filled with so much pink, should I immediately run out and buy a Barbie Movie Collectible Doll as an investment?

So, how much is a Barbie doll worth?

Like ultra-limited edition luxury Rolex watches, the most expensive Barbie dolls tend to be limited editions. It's simple economics. When supply is very low and demand is very high, the price of some limited edition (or even one-of-a-kind) Barbie dolls can skyrocket. This is the case with Barbie dolls such as the one-of-a-kind Stefano Canturi Barbie (2010), which sold for $302,500 at Christie’s in New York, and Barbie in Midnight Red (1965), which sold at Christie’s in London for $11,178 Price sold in 2006.

As far as investing goes, what we're looking at right now are elusive, limited-edition Barbie dolls that can make you a ton of money. "Jian told me: "There are some Barbie dolls, such as Vivienne Westwood (Vivienne Westwood), Valentino (Valentino) and Christian Lacroix (Christian Lacroix) Ball of Life dolls. The three Barbie dolls were made for the Life Ball, Europe's largest AIDS charity ball, held in Vienna. First, only those attending the ball could buy the dolls. Plus, they are made by the designers themselves. Everyone knows that Vivienne Westwood has passed away, so the value of this doll is very high. "


So why do Barbie dolls sell for so much?

Do you understand? Because as time goes by, it begins to go out of print and has a high collection value. People will bid for high-priced Barbie dolls in order to collect the most precious Barbie dolls in their memories (or even childhood memories).


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