Since moving to DC last summer, I’ve become enamored of the “Barbie Pond on Avenue Q,” a collection of Barbie dolls posed around their own exclusive pond outside a house at 15th and Q streets, Northwest. As far as I can tell, this hip coterie has never missed any holiday, and, by the looks of it, their work-life balance is definitely better than yours or mine.
Bettina Dorfmann (Germany) has 15,000 different Barbie dolls in her record breaking collection, including the first ever Barbie Doll!
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In celebration of Barbie's birthday we give you the 'Largest Collection of Barbie Dolls'. Bettina Dorfmann shares her home in Düsseldorf, Germany, with 15,000 unique Barbie dolls. She received her first doll back in 1966, but has only been collecting seriously since 1993. Barbie was first released by US toy giants Mattel in 1959. Her full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts, the name of the daughter of Mattel founders Elliot and Ruth Handler (USA). Bettina posed for this photo in October 2011, when her collection surpassed 15,000 dolls. She received her first doll when she was five years old – but it wasn’t Barbie, it was Midge, Barbie’s best friend. She’s now the proud owner of an original (and rare) 1959 Barbie. Got a broken Barbie? Bettina runs a doll hospital, where she fixes broken legs, untangles matted hair and replaces missing limbs!
FACT: According to Mattel, there are in excess of 100,000 collectors of Barbie dolls worldwide.
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