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Barbie A Rare Beauty Hardcover – October 28, 2010
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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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed looking through this book with beautiful photos of the dolls.Published 3 months ago by Bessie Sze
Pretty good book, I think it could have been a bit better, but "Barbie" is a huge subject to cover.Published 18 months ago by me
Loads of info about various barbie dolls. Easy to undersrand. Perfectt gift for a barbie fan. Pleased with this book.Published on February 8, 2014 by Briana Evans Beal
This book did not contained the information I was looking for. My mother collects "traditional" barbie dolls and this information will not be helpful to her. Read morePublished on July 30, 2013 by Regina T. Moffett
Got this for my daughter who loves Barbie. Chock full of pictures of barbie and fun facts about Barbie through the years.Published on February 13, 2013 by D. Stephan
This book is primarily a pictorial journey of vintage Barbie and the photos are stunning. Rare dolls are shown and the text is informative.Published on January 7, 2013 by Margaret Joyce Kidd