The first lady of the doll world dresses up the auction scene with this vintage collection of Barbie items. Launched by Mattel in 1959, Barbie has had a real cultural impact as a fashion figure that has gone through numerous interesting occupations over the years. Sales have exceeded the one billion mark, resulting in a widespread collecting base. Approaching senior citizen status, the offered 1961 Barbie #5 doll still looks pretty good.
Garbed in her original one-piece black & white striped swimsuit, this fifty-seven year old blond haired figure shows good original detail, with just small distractions such as partial paint loss on the lips, light soiling on the shoulders and the left arm moving just a bit loosely. The right buttock bears the identifying factory markings with a patent date of MCMLVIII and circled "R" registered trademark symbol in place of the former "TM" lettering. The country name Japan is faint but visible on the bottom of the right foot and the hair is a bit matted but still retains a nice shape.
Also present are: the original black wire frame stand, a 1961 black carrying case with working clasp and a variety of clothing and accessories, including a black dress with white collar, a yellow robe, a yellow raincoat, (2) jackets, a gold dress coat, a silver formal dress, (4.5) pairs of assorted footwear, (2) handbags, (2) pairs of shorts, a hat, a vail, a corsage, a garter and (10) hangers. Generally these items are above average to better, though some of the shoes are in need of minor repair.