Barbie has been in the news lately ahead of the upcoming release of the Barbie movie. Barbie who was introduced in the late 1950s and skyrocketed in popularity in the 1960s has made big strides in the collectibles market lately.
The German Bild Lilli dolls, adult fashion dolls of the post-war era first inspired Barbie to be born. These German dolls have skyrocketed in value in the auction market. Recently, a Bild Lilli doll sold for a whopping $5,000 making all the Barbie collectors sit up and take notice. From where I sit, appraising 50,000 objects every year, this auction news about the German Bild Lilli doll predicts a big spike is on the horizon in the Barbie doll market ahead of the new Barbie movie. The American Barbie doll market reacted with great interest in many early and vintage Barbie dolls made by Mattel Inc. Appraised value for a vintage collectible Barbie are high, well into the thousands for just one doll. The original Barbie No. 1 with her black and white striped bathing suit (1959) still brings high values. Be sure to check the marks on a Barbie doll’s back or buttocks for information about the date your Barbie was made. Don’t disregard post 1990s Barbies as they have value too.