DOLLS PRICE GUIDE: Vintage Barbie Dolls
MATTEL: BUBBLE CUT BARBIE
DOLL: Brunette Bubble Cut Barbie by Mattel
SIZE: 11 1/2"
MARKS: First Bubble Cut, 1961: Barbie/ Pat's Prend/c MCMLVII/by/Mattel/Inc.
Rest of Bubble Cuts: Midge T.M. / c 1962/Barbie/c 1958/by/Mattel, Inc. (this is called a "Midge/Barbie" body
DATE OF PRODUCTION: 1961-1967
CHARACTERISTICS OF DOLL: Vinyl. First Barbie not to have hair in a ponytail; the hairstyle was considered quite an "updating: of the doll. The doll pictured has a somewhat combed out Bubble; a fully mint doll's bubble will be a little tighter. Doll shown with her original box , swimsuit, booklet and shoes.
PRICE: Doll needing fixing up: up to $100 Mint Doll: $100 to $150. Doll Mint In Box: $200 to $300+.
COMMENTS: Although this doll appers to have a "side part" it is only hair styled that way. True "side part" bubble are quite rare. Other rare and sought-after variations are Brown Hair Bubbles (light brown color) and White Ginger Bubbles (pale blonde hair and pale, almost white lips).
PRICE OF OUTFIT: $50 to $75 mint and complete.
COMMENTS: Titian Bubble Cut dolls are desirable, but not as rare as dolls with brown hair, called "brownettes," which are quite rare.
MARKET REPORT: There has been a downward trend in the price of average Bubblecut Barbies, although rarer hair colors (titian, brownettes, white ginger) still do well. Also, truly mint in box can exceed $300.
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