Value of a Vintage Barbie Doll

I have a Barbie doll with the markings on the buttocks On left side: TM
Barbie
PATS PEND.
(c)MCMLVlll
BY MATTEL, INC

Also on right side - 114

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Japan on bottom right foot.
I have original clothes.

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May 17, 20190 found this helpful

This is a Barbie doll from 1958. If it were in the box it would be worth a lot more. A similar doll on eBay is asking $88. www.ebay.com/.../173902468583?hash=item287d6515e7...

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May 18, 20190 found this helpful

I'm the original owner. My parents bought the Barbie for me in 1959. The head is original. She is in very good condition as pictures show. I have her black and white bathing suit. I believe she is worth much more than $88. Maybe I am wrong. In that case, I will keep her. I will keep investigating.

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May 18, 20190 found this helpful

Are you the original owner?

Barbie dating can be very wonky and misleading (I have Barbies marked with an very old date on their butts, and a very new date on there heads--because the body was the old style and the head was a newer style--bought original that way)...it is all about the molds they use when building the dolls.

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Without more info, it is hard to tell if she is an original Barbie or one of the ponytail gals that they reproduced for an anniversary celebration.

She looks very clean and unplayed with...and I don't see any green around her earrings which, unless she was kept in box pristine, happens to almost all of the original dolls. Although if she is an original, this would add to her value.

To me, the lack of green on her ears could also mean she is a newer gal because they changed the materials for the earrings when they did the repro versions.

Does she have the 1958 mark on the back of her head also?

There is an amazing Barbie group on Facebook and they can give you the best info. You have to ask to join: Vintage and Mod Barbie Collecting 1959-1972

They do allow selling on the site, some don't, which is why I like this group of ladies and gentleman.

This site also has some good info:

dollreference.com/barbie1.html

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Post back what you learn about her! Barbie collectors often pay big bucks for their dolls...so hopefully you will have one that is sought after in today's market. The first thing is to find out exactly who you have and then we can work on her value.

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May 18, 20190 found this helpful

Thanks for your additional info! If she can be verified as the number one version of the blonde ponytail, I have seen them sold in the low thousands.

Do you have a good auction house in your town?

Take it there and get a professional assessment of her. I don't suggest selling her on eBay because there are scams with high value items going on.

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I would hate to see you get burned that way.

Best to have her professionally assessed and sold that way. If she is not a number one, she still could have a value best left to a professional seller.

The original bathing suit and earrings alone can fetch up to $20!

Post back what you learn!! Thanks for posting back.

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May 19, 20190 found this helpful

I am so excited about this article I just found this morning. I can't stop thinking about this Barbie!! I have been a fan since they started.

www.thesprucecrafts.com/identify-vintage-ponytail-barbie...

Please take yours to a pro!! I have read this over several times and it does sound like your gal is a number 1 ponytail--because of the holes in the feet, and arched eye brows.

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Do you read it the same way?

You don't say where you are, but I am hoping you have a good auction house in your town that can help you sell her. Post back with more info!! Thanks so much for sharing her!

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May 19, 20190 found this helpful

I believe you should check out these two sites - just for information.

You should put your doll away in a safe place until you are ready to have her appraised and then you should maybe make arrangements to have her auctioned at an auction house that advertises their item up for sale. You may have to make a trip.

www.goodhousekeeping.com/.../

www.therichest.com/.../

You can have her appraised through several free online appraisal sites just to see what they tell you. These are fun sites when you have something that is really original.

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www.whatsellsbest.com/.../dolls.html

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May 20, 20190 found this helpful

Thanks for all the responses and all the ideas. I live in the northwest so don't know how many auction houses there are. Or where to find an appraiser of dolls. I'll keep looking.

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May 20, 20190 found this helpful

Thanks for all the responses and all the ideas. I live in the northwest so don't know how many auction houses there are. Or where to find an appraiser of dolls. I'll keep looking.

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May 22, 20190 found this helpful

You should try the free online appraisals as you may be pleasantly surprised (most people are).
They are very easy to use and this will give you an idea as to whether you need to seek personal advice.

I use Barneby's a lot for more expensive items but they do charge $17.
This is usually money well spent.

www.barnebys.com/.../

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June 18, 20190 found this helpful

Just was thinking about this doll, because a brunette version of her is selling on Facebook in the group vintage and mod barbie collecting 1959-1972.

The discussion on the sale has been really interesting. The brunette version is rarer than the blonde, but you may find it all interesting.

Post back with an update. Thanks again!

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