McMasters-Harris gets all dolled up for Barbies

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio – A #2 Ponytail Barbie wearing “Evening Splendor” sold for $3,100 at the McMasters Harris Auction Co.’s Oct. 20 sale of vintage Barbie dolls. Prices include buyer’s premiums of 10 percent for onsite purchases, 15 percent for MHarrisLive Internet purchases, and 20 percent for eBay Live purchases.

The “Premier Vintage Barbie & Friends Doll Auction” also offered original outfits, mint-in-box clothing and never-opened accessories for Barbie, Ken and their friends.

A Side-Part American Girl, all original in her box with stand and booklet, ended at $1,900, while a #3 Ponytail Barbie wearing “Enchanted Evening” sold for $800. A similar #3 Ponytail wearing “Plantation Belle” went for $1,045.

A Standard Barbie in the original box, circa 1969, was hammered down for $410; a Swirl Ponytail wearing “Modern Art” went for $360. A “never removed from box” (NRFB) Twist-n-Turn Barbie in excellent condition traded hands for $450, and a Color Magic Barbie with several accessories sold for $330.

An all-original Francie in box sold for $450 and a first-issue Ken with flocked hair sold for $285. Several early NRFB gift sets included “Barbie’s Hostess Set,” with entertainment accessories and two complete outfits that ended bidding at $3,900. An NRFB “Little Theater” set sold for $3,335, while a Suzy Goose Piano Store Display dated 1964 sold for $510.

Early, NRFB Barbie and friends outfits included “Solo in the Spotlight” #982, circa 1960, which sold for $345, while “Registered Nurse” #991, circa 1961, went for $400. The hard-to-find “Poodle Parade” from 1965 brought $465.

An NRFB Ken outfit, “Business Appointment” from 1966, sold for $900, and a hard-to-find NRFB Skipper outfit from 1966, “Country Picnic,” (which includes a tiny Monarch butterfly) brought $840. “Mr. Astronaut,” an NRFB Ken outfit from 1965, was won for $450.

Unboxed but complete outfits included “Gay Parisienne,” which garnered a winning bid of $900; “Gold ‘n Glamour” and “Shimmering Magic” outfits each brought $355, while “Campus Sweetheart” was sold for $300.

“Roman Holiday” separates (incomplete, no box) were bought for $460, and a lot that included “Apple Print Sheath” with #1 shoes and an Easter Parade purse, brought $450.

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