13 Vintage Barbie Dolls That Are Worth a Fortune Today
The same Barbie who inspired imagination—and evoked controversy—for generations is worth a fortune to collectors worldwide today.
Tokidoki Barbie (2011)
This Barbie has a distinct anime style and embodies Tokidoki, the popular Japanese-inspired lifestyle brand whose line includes cartoon characters and art that decorate apparel, footwear, accessories, and, of course, this Barbie. The original Tokidoki Barbie (with the pink bob) sold out in hours! “Her tattoos, pink hair, and fabulous outfit, and the little green cactus dog caught collectors’ attention,” says Follette. If she catches your heart, be ready to fork over about $600, Follette estimates.
Marie Antoinette (2003)
Follette passed on buying the Marie Antoinette Barbie because she just couldn’t get past the “somewhat gaudy” dress, but now she regrets that decision as this doll is selling for around $2,000. “I do love the way the designer captured the essence of the historical figure,” Follette says. Indeed, Marie is dripping in royal opulence and with her porcelain-like face, she’s definitely a hands-off, no-play Barbie, intended for collectors. You could be sitting on a gold mine if you have one of these 25 things collecting dust in your attic.
Chicago Cubs Barbie (1999)
In 1999 Barbie made it to the big leagues: the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Chicago Cubs. It’s not a stretch to see why the Chicago Cubs version scores the highest ranking if you recall the events of the 2016 World Series. When the Cubs, who’d had a famously long World Series losing streak (the first and only wins had been in 1907 and 1908), took home the trophy in 2016 fans wanting something, anything to commemorate the fine occasion scooped up Cubs Barbie. She’s still a catch today at $1,250 on eBay. Here are more childhood collections that could bring you a windfall of cash.