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Barbie A Rare Beauty Hardcover – October 28, 2010

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About the Author

Sandi Holder is one of the leading authorities on all things Barbie doll in the world. Her own Sandi Holder's Doll Attic has been featured in Newsweek magazine, as well as newspapers and magazines around the world. She set a world record for the highest price ever paid for a single Barbie doll when she auctioned a Ponytail #1 doll for $25,700.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publ (October 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440212791
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440212796
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #784,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sandi Holder's Doll Attic has been featured in The NY Times, cnn.com, ABC & CBS News, Newsweek Magazine and has appeared in numerous newspaper and magazine articles across the US & Europe. Sandi has participated in radio interviews on the BBC, has been a guest speaker at many Barbie events, a writer for various Barbie publications such as Barbie Bazaar Magazine, and has been a guest in several films. She most also appeared in the Sundance Award winning film "The Tribe" and on The Today Show March 9th, 2009 to kick off Barbie's 50th Birthday. "Barbie Collecting is my first love, my second is, fitness, boxing or jet skiing." In 2006, Sandi was honored "Barbie's Best Friend" award at the 2006 National Barbie Convention.

Barbie A Rare Beauty was featured on 12-20-10 on Good Morning America and was selected as one of their top books in their Holiday Gift Guide

Doll Attic's internet catalog features a wide spectrum of vintage Barbie & Family dolls and thousands of outfits and accessories. We also feature two auctions annually, showcasing some of the rarest items in Barbie. The auction is proud to hold a Guinness world record for the highest price paid for a single doll, which was over $26,000.

Sandi Holder's Doll Attic makes a strong commitment to customers to bring them the finest in Barbie. Customer satisfaction is our main concern. Please visit www.dollattic.com for more information.

Over twenty three years of collecting experience makes Sandi Holder's Doll Attic the best service provider of the finest in Barbie collecting. We carry a wide assortment of vintage dolls, clothing, accessories, and the current line of Barbie Collectible dolls.

Authoring Barbie A Rare Beauty has been a dream that is now a reality. I hope you enjoy my book as it will provide you endless hours of viewing some of the most treasured items in Barbie Doll Collecting.

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Apparently by all the reviews, this book creates some serious emotional passions by those who either love it or those who tear it apart, without absolutely no gratitude for all the effort and amazing photo collection. It love this book and it is a great fun coffee table book. When guests come, they love it and I have not heard a single person complain. It is a source of cultural inspiration for anyone who remembers this amazing doll phenomenon. Thank you for writing a great book, loaded with tons of photos and eye candy. It has made me and everyone who comes over and looks at it smile with great appreciation and gratitude. I wish more positive books were written like this! Lots of fun!
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It is indeed sad when someone who obviously has an agenda, to take a book apart page by page and write a review that is not factual. Box dates and production or issue dates do differ, but this poster already had their post removed at another site, so please people do not believe everything you read about a book being in error due to a date. If this person was so good at their history, they would have written their own book by now. Holder's book captures the essence of beauty in Barbie, it was never meant to be anything but a coffee table book to be enjoyed, and what eye candy it is! I was so happy for this author to have Good Morning America select Barbie A Rare Beauty as one of their three top picks. If that doesn't say it all, what would?

I have been a hard core Barbie collector for over 20 years. What was so compelling to me is that I saw things in Sandi Holder's book that I never knew existed (and here I thought I have seen just about everything). The title of this book is very appropriate, as this book in itself is a rare beauty and I am sure destined to be one of the best selling Barbie books ever written.

We have had such a huge void in our hobby with the lack of a Barbie magazine and new Barbie books, that I could not wait to get my hands on this book and it was worth the wait. Sandi covers just about everything and with such flare and alluring photos! What really struck me as a collector is that this book managed to peek a bit into each year and was able to do so with such elegance.

I truly miss Sandi's articles in the old Barbie Bazaar and Miller's Magazines. While I love surfing the internet, nothing beats having a exquisite book such as this sitting on your coffee table.
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As an avid Barbie collector who loves both contemporary and vintage Barbie dolls and products, I must say this is the most beautiful book I've ever seen on the subject. If you are looking for an encyclopedia or product valuation type book, there are plenty of others. This book is different. It is the unfolding of both the American culture in general and the culture of female beauty specifically through a unique and enduring venue - Barbie and her friends and family. The pictures are absolutely gorgeous, and the dolls selected are stunning in every respect. The many close-ups reveal a divine diversity in this doll that often escapes our awareness, countering through the art of Barbie pernicious evaluations of her as false beauty. The author smoothly guides the reader through transformation of dress, appearance, role, and ethnic valuing across five decades of Barbie. She also vividly demonstrates the many varieties of doll mechanics and construction over the years, those that sustained and those that did not, displaying for us the most exquisite and often unusual examples on each and every page. The color and photography are luscious, the narrative crisp and interesting. I will use this publication as a coffee table book that illustrates the art and humanity of Barbie.
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Sandi Holder was working in an emergency room, on her way to becoming a pediatric intensive care nurse, when life took a dramatic turn. Her young son fell ill, and Sandi needed to quickly find a way to earn an income and be able to stay at home with her children as needed. Sandi loved Barbie dolls, and what started out as a hobby evolved into a successful business selling vintage dolls, clothing and accessories.

Sandi is now the proud owner of the Doll Attic store, auction house, museum and a party venue for little girls' birthday parties. At a 2006 auction, Sandi sold the #1 Blond Ponytail Barbie for $25,700, setting a world record.

Barbie A Rare Beauty is Sandi Holden's ode to everything that is Barbie, and her passion for the doll is evident on every page. Best classified as a coffee table book, Barbie covers the history of the doll and its evolution throughout the years. While most facts are likely to be nothing new to avid Barbie collectors, I was surprised to find out that Barbie and Ken were actually named after Ruth Handler's (Barbie's creator) children. It must have been awkward for Ken (the doll) to keep posing as Barbie's husband!

While Barbie A Rare Beauty is a fun and informative read, the gorgeous photos of Barbie dolls are the true highlight. Each page is chock full of vivid images of dolls starting with the #1 Blond Ponytail Barbie all the way to the present day, and everything in between. You will see bride Barbies, designer Barbies, holiday Barbies, Ken dolls, rare clothing and accessories, and much more.

Barbie A Rare Beauty is an absolute treat for women and girls - women will enjoy a trip down the memory lane and girls will love browsing the pages, even if little reading is involved! While I'm not a collector and cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information in this book, I had a great time reading it and came back time after time to enjoy the images.
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