Vintage Barbie has marks to distinguish from fakes
Barbara Millicent Roberts, aka “Barbie,” made her debut at the American International Toy Fair in New York in 1959.
The brainchild of Ruth Handler, inspired by Ruth’s daughter, Barbara, was ultimately patented by her husband’s toy company, Mattel, one of your nation’s most recognized brands.
Despite Barbie’s clear American bloodline, marginal Japanese and German involvement in the early years of her life, what is truly more notable is that it was an Englishman who paid an arm and a leg for her at Christie’s auction house in London, some years ago.
She procured the handsome sum of what would have amounted to $17,000.
Sadly, as a result, a mass of bogus replica Barbies emerged on the market. However, clues do abound as to establishing her authenticity.