Did you know that some of the world's most popular dolls are also the most valuable? Now, you may have some of these collectible dolls laying around in your home or in your attic.
With the increasing popularity of collectibles and customized dolls, it seems like dolls are coming back in style. Whether you like to buy them to showcase them in your home or buy them for your kids to play with, you can admit it's hard to buy just one. You need a whole collection of them. The doll craze has resurged again thanks to Monster High and Bratz dolls. But this list is about the most popular and most sought-after dolls in the world. However, not all of these dolls are made equal when it comes to their worth. You may be able to get your hands on a few of these dolls. Meanwhile, you may have to dip into your retirement fund to buy some of these other dolls on this list.
1 - Cabbage Patch Dolls
Cabbage Patch Dolls are extremely popular among young children. Nearly every little girl (and boy) has owned a Cabbage Patch doll. These were the very dolls that incited Cabbage Patch Kid riots in 1983 on Black Friday, the official kickoff to the holiday shopping season. Everyone wanted to get their hands on one. New Cabbage Patch Dolls are available for around $40 at many retailers, including Walmart, Target, Amazon and Kmart. People can also "adopt" Cabbage Patch Dolls at the official Cabbage Patch Kids website with a birth certificate. Some auction sites have them valued in the thousands.
2 - American Girl Dolls
The American Girl Doll is an iconic brand for many little girls. While this line launched in the mid-80s, it didn't become popular until the 90s. These 18-inch dolls have sold over 32 million since its inception in 1986. Mattel has since purchased the manufacturer, The Pleasant Company, in 1996 and made many changes. Many young ladies love the historical dolls while others love owning one that looks like them. American Girl Dolls are available at the official American Girl website as well as select toy shops, doll boutiques, and auctions. It'll cost a few hundred to buy an American Girl doll, complete with accessories.
3 - Porcelain Dolls
Porcelain dolls aren't the type of dolls that are meant to be played with. These are dolls that people love to show off in their homes or collect. There are a wide variety of porcelain dolls – from the classic bisque dolls to the Chinese porcelain dolls. Porcelain dolls became popular after WWII when people started collecting them and showing them off in their living rooms and dining rooms. These dolls are known for the historical period and the people they represent. There are some porcelain doll brands like Madam Alexander and Marie Osmond's line that have their own cult following.
4 - Barbie Dolls
Barbie Millicent Roberts is the quintessential all-American girl and girl next door. This blonde beauty made her debut in 1959 in her iconic black-and-white striped one-piece swimsuit. Since then, she's taken on a number of roles such as a teacher, nurse, president, singer, movie star, stay at home mom, astronaut, and robotics engineer. Barbie even comes with her own extensive wardrobe, dream houses, cars, and playsets. This doll is sold just about anywhere and has been auctioned off for over $300,000. This doll benefited the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, making her the most expensive Barbie doll. Vintage Barbies cost thousands on eBay.
5 - Ball-Jointed Dolls
Ball-jointed dolls are known as a certain type of doll that was originally introduced in China, Japan, and South Korea. They're known for their anime aesthetic and moveable joints. They've only been around since the late 90s, but they've become increasingly popular among anime fans and doll collectors alike. What owners love about these dolls is that they can pose them any way they like. These dolls don't come cheap though. One ball-jointed doll can cost as little as $100 and cost more than $1,000. The most expensive is a 13.5-inch doll created by artist Marina Bychkova, that's worth $400,000.