In celebration Catawiki, Europe’s fastest growing online auction house is holding a very special auction of 45 unique and vintage Barbie dolls, all of which have been contributed by the world’s largest collector, Bettina Dorfmann. The auction, which features Barbie dolls from the 60s and 70s, is expected to generate over £11,000 in total sales. On the 9th March 1957, toy manufacturing giant Mattel presented the first Barbie at the ‘American Toy Fair’ in New York and since then has sold more than a billion Barbies in over 150 countries. The Barbie doll has been one of the most popular toys in Mattel’s history and many people have become avid collectors. However, German-born Bettina Dorfmann holds the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of Barbies. Having spent 22 years building up her collection, it now boasts in excess of 15,000 different dolls. Bettina Dorfmann comments, "I started buying Barbies for my daughter, but unfortunately she didn’t really want to play with them. Rather than give them away or sell them on, I started to save them and it was from that moment that I decided to collect Barbies. It then got pretty out of hand, which is why I have such a large collection today!” Highlights in the auction include the 60s favourite Twist 'n Turn Barbie, which is the most valued of this auction and represents the beginnings of the modern-day Barbie with new hair, a new face and even a new body. Also featured is the Barbie Brunette Swirl Ponytail 1964 edition and the 60s Barbie Fashion Queen, some of the rarer Barbies in the online auction. Ben Fried, UK General Manager of Catawiki, comments, “We are very fortunate that Bettina Dorfmann chose to sell some of her prized Barbies through Catawiki and this unique collection showcases some of the most iconic dolls from Barbie’s history. All the lots are in excellent condition and present Barbie fans worldwide with an exciting opportunity to build on their own collections. We definitely expect a high level of interest.” This special Barbie doll auction runs until March 11th 2016 at: http://auction.catawiki.co.uk/barbie-veiling
What is CatawikiFounded in 2008, Catawiki was originally designed as a website where collectors could manage their collections online. In 2011, Catawiki started hosting weekly online auctions in various categories including art, antiques, classic cars, watches, jewellery, fashion, comics and stamps. Most objects on Catawiki have a fascinating story and you won't be able to find them in an average store. Before being auctioned, each object is screened by our extensive team of experts. They help guarantee a varied and high quality selection of lots in our auctions. Nowadays, for millions of people around the world, Catawiki is the place to go for buying and selling special objects. Catawiki has offices in the Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Belgium and Sweden among others. In 2015 Catawiki received an investment of €75 million and won the award for being the fastest growing company in Europe.
Our BeliefsWe strongly believe that everyone should be able to buy and sell special objects every day in an exciting, easy and secure manner. That is why we are constantly working to make the Catawiki experience as special as the objects themselves.
Special ObjectsOn Catawiki everyone can find something to suit his or her interests. Every week tens of thousands of fascinating objects are available in our auctions. A few examples of objects that have been auctioned on Catawiki in the past include: a complete mammoth skeleton, the most expensive LEGO brick in the world, the pope's hat, a meteorite from Mars, Napoleon's hair, the oldest condom in the world and Muhammad Ali's boxing gloves.
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