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The Holy Grails of Silkstone Barbie Collecting

I wrote a few days ago about Integrity Toys and the limited editions of their upcoming collection.  It got me to thinking about edition sizes in general and the impact it can have on collecting.  When you begin collecting anything, especially fashion dolls,  you usually run into the availability issue fairly quickly.  You learn that limited availability means higher price and, in some cases, a treasure hunt of epic proportions.  These rare and limited items become known as “collector holy grails” and the fervor with which one pursues acquirement can be intense.  It depends on the collector. 

I have to say I have acquired a couple “holy grails” in my time as a collector.  The funny thing is..I never really pursued them strongly…it was more a matter of being at the right place at the right time.  I know that I had done my homework and knew what a fair price was for these items and I always had my antennae up for information about things on my “holy grail” list …perhaps that just means I was always in pursuit.  Man I need therapy.  Anywhoo…the point is an opportunity would come up to acquire a “holy grail” and I would either act or let it go by.  If you are plugged into the doll community ( read and contribute to doll boards, doll manufacturer websites and collector blogs)  it can make the hunt easier and a whole lot of fun.  I have met some of the most generous and lovely people in my pursuit for the holy grails of my collection..or…come out of it with some of the best stories involving my collection.  Wow!…  aren’t you curious now?!

When I began collecting Silkstone Barbies years ago, I soon learned that there were a number of dolls that were held above others.  Mostly, these dolls were revered because they had a very small edition size and that of course improved their resale value and their collectability.  Most highly collectible Silkstone Barbies are the platinum editions ( limit to 1,000 or less edition size).   Many of them were offered through F.A.O Schwarz and were different hair color variations of another doll.

All Edition size information is from The Collectors Encyclopedia of Barbie 2008 edition by Michael Augustyniak

1.Barbie Fashion Model Collection 2003 Chataine Barbie

   Edition size: 600

B4425

2.  Barbie Fashion Model Collection 2003 Joyeux Barbie –redhead

    Edition size: 999C2589

3.  Barbie Fashion Model Collection 2005 Trace of Lace Barbie – blonde

     Edition size: 500 ( designed exclusively for the Japanese Collector)

Trace of Lace platinum

4.  Barbie Fashion Model Collection 2006 Dahlia

    Edition size: 999

J4255

5.  Barbie Fashion Model Collection 2006 Violette

     Edition size:  999

J42546.  Barbie Fashion Model Collection 2007 The Soiree – blonde

     Edition size:  999

M6195 7.  NBDCC Golden Gala

      Edition Size:  Unknown by skin type..but considered less than 1,000 total for both skin types

** note** This was the only Silkstone ever given as a convention gift.  Given to 2009 National Barbie Doll Collector Convention attendees to commemorate Barbie’s 50’s anniversary.  Each attendee received either a Caucasian skin tone or African American skin tone depending on what they selected with their registration packet**

N6620

 

P6755

If you are a Silkstone Barbie collector, you may have noticed I have left out a few…read on.

Within these platinum edition Silkstones, there are a few items that have such a limited edition size that it classifies them as the holiest of holy grails. 

1.  Barbie Fashion Model Collection 2000 Display Case – Retail Version

Edition Size:  Couldn’t find a substantiated number but let’s just say much less than 175

“This case was provided to select dealers selling the 2000 Barbie Fashion Model Collection.  Both the blue sign atop the case and the front panels of the case say “Limited Edition.”  The front middle panel is hinged for ease in arranging the two fashion mannequins and the easel with sign in front of the glamorous ballroom backdrop.  A plastic holder containing 50 Barbie Fashion Model Collection booklets could be placed beside the case.  Note the lower middle panel of the case which introduces customers to the features of the new Silkstone Lingerie Barbie dolls. “  –from Collectors Encyclopedia of Barbie Dolls 2008 Edition by J. Michael Augustyniak

barbie_display_case

2.  Barbie Fashion Model Collection 2001 Limited Edition Display Case

    Edition Size:  175

“Was offered through a Barbie Collectibles by Mail catalog in an edition of 175 for $250.00.  This display case is very similar to the 2000 retailer display case except that the words “ Limited Edition” have been deleted from both the blue sign atop the display case as well as the lower front base itself.  Also, below the “Barbie” name on the case’s , lower front middle panel, this case has no words, whereas the case provided to dealers in 2000 lists the features of the new Silkstone dolls.” -from Collectors Encyclopedia of Barbie Dolls 2008 Edition by J. Michael Augustyniak

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3.  Barbie Fashion Model Collection 2003 City Smart Barbie

Edition size:  600 ( 400 were sold on the Japanese market and 200 were sold to members of  the Official Barbie Collector’s Club in the U.S.)

B8687

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7 responses

  1. anna

    Hello,
    Love your blog! Which “holy grails” do you own?
    annamac

    April 13, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    • Thank you Annamac! I am glad you are enjoying the blog. You will see in future blog posts…because this will be a series of posts….that I have eight out of the twelve “holy grails”. Stay tuned to find out which ones.

      April 13, 2012 at 9:48 pm

      • annamac

        A lovely mystery! I only own two of the “holy grails”. My favorite is AA Silkstone Career Nurse Barbie.

        April 13, 2012 at 10:46 pm

  2. Although I think they are very lovely, Silkstones aren’t really my area and I know very little about the dolls or the market for them, so I found this really interesting. Cheers!

    April 14, 2012 at 1:59 am

  3. debbie ayers

    i wish i could get my hands on a capucine silkstone for a reasonable price!

    March 28, 2015 at 11:11 am

  4. debbie ayers

    I finally got my wish and found the capuucine silkstone!!!

    August 15, 2016 at 6:13 am

  5. angelbarbie8

    1. Barbie Fashion Model Collection 2000 Display Case – Retail Version

    This Item Just sold at a local auction on July 20TH for $120.00, I had a bid on it for $100.00 and was trying to bid higher but couldn’t get to it in time…. I was and still am so Sick to my stomach, that it sold for So Cheap! I wanted it really bad!

    July 29, 2017 at 6:40 am

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