‘Barbie’ movie revives interest in doll collectors’ market

‘Barbie’ movie revives interest in doll collectors’ market

Matthew Keith, a middle school teacher in Los Angeles, has been collecting Barbie dolls since the 1970s. Initially, he hid his dolls from his parents due to concerns about their perception of the toys’ masculinity. However, his collection has now grown to fill 22 feet of bookshelves in his home and is valued at around $20,000. Keith’s Instagram account, “DollsOnTheBrain,” has gained over 70,000 followers, with 15,000 new followers in recent weeks.

The popularity of Barbie collecting has surged in recent times, thanks to the advertising campaign and anticipation surrounding the release of the “Barbie” movie this weekend. Vintage Barbie dolls have become highly sought-after items in thrift stores, leading to a surge in prices in the collectibles market. Antiques appraisers have also experienced a flood of inquiries from new collectors.

Keith, now 55 years old, is pleased with the increased enthusiasm for Barbie collecting. He hopes that this trend will contribute to greater acceptance of Barbie for everyone, particularly young boys who may feel pressured not to play with dolls.

The “Barbie” movie, which premiered on Friday, is expected to generate $100 million in revenue during its opening weekend in U.S. theaters. Retailers worldwide are also capitalizing on the movie’s hype by offering Barbie-themed products, ranging from hotel suites to toothbrushes and apparel.

However, not all long-time collectors share Keith’s excitement about the recent surge in Barbie collecting. Some have expressed frustration about being priced out of the market by wealthy new buyers who have entered the scene due to the movie’s popularity.

Florida-based Barbie doll dealer Marl Davidson has observed a 25% increase in prices in recent months. Her website, MarlBe.com, has seen triple the usual number of daily hits, with many visitors starting their own collections.

Dr. Lori Verderame, an art historian and antiques appraiser, has noticed a significant increase in demand for Barbie appraisals in the past month, surpassing the usual interest in other doll brands. This surge in interest has come from both seasoned collectors seeking insurance assessments and newcomers to doll collecting.

Verderame has encountered rare and valuable dolls during appraisals, some of which may not have been discovered if not for the movie. People with little to no experience in doll collecting have stumbled upon valuable Barbies, such as a thrift store purchase valued at over $10,000 and a forgotten doll in a mother’s house worth $8,500.

While Verderame believes there are still valuable Barbies waiting to be found in thrift stores, she predicts that the current spike in seller interest will only last for about two more weeks.

Despite the increased interest and rising prices, Keith has managed to build his collection without spending more than $230 on a single Barbie doll. He has seen the value of many dolls in his collection appreciate since he first acquired them in 1991.

Overall, the “Barbie” movie has had a significant impact on the Barbie collecting community, attracting new collectors and driving up prices. While some collectors have mixed feelings about these developments, the movie has undoubtedly brought attention to the world of Barbie collecting and introduced many people to the value and enjoyment of these iconic dolls.

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