Barbie, A Gold Digger?

A diamond-encrusted Barbie doll will be sold at auction at Christie’s London today — with a price tag of nearly $35,000. Diamond Barbie, the most expensive of her type in the world, was created by the toymaker Mattel and mining company De Beers to celebrate the doll’s 40th anniversary. The specially-commissioned doll is dressed in a turquoise gown studded with nine diamonds and a dazzling assortment of mini-jewelry, including two diamond brooches, a pair of diamond earrings and a diamond ring. (The total weight of her 160 jewels is nearly 20 carats.)

  • She will go under the hammer as part of the “TV Generation” sale, along with other British toy favorites such as the Pink Panther, Muffin the Mule and Noddy.
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