Queen Barbie dolls go up to £1,000 online after £95 toy sold out in seconds


ueenBarbie dolls are being whipped up £1,000 online after the toy’s release to commemorate the historic Platinum Jubilee sold out in stores within seconds.

Collectors lucky enough to get their hands on the doll are scrambling to cash in on dozens of listings popping up on Ebay in recent days.

Most offer one of Mattel’s special platinum jubilee dolls for around £200, but some adverts have appeared with price tags over £700 with a cheeky salesperson offering one with a “buy it now” price of £1,000.

That’s more than ten times the original retail price of £95.

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And prices may well soar online as only 20,000 have been made – and demand is intense.

John Lewis reported this week that his stock of Queen Elizabeth II Barbies sold out in just three seconds.

The Barbie doll was released on the Queen’s 96th birthday in April and is “instantly recognizable”, wearing an elegant ivory dress and blue ribbon adorned with order decorations.

It also features a tiara inspired by Queen Mary’s fringed tiara, which the Queen wore on her own wedding day.

The pink ribbon on the doll mimics that given to the Queen by her father George VI, and the pale blue mimics that of her grandfather George V.

The doll is part of Barbie’s Tribute collection, which was launched last year to celebrate “visionary individuals with exceptional impact and legacy in society”.

It is presented in a box inspired by the styles of Buckingham Palace, consisting of an ornate 3D cut-out border framing the figure, and an interior panel showing the throne and red carpet in the throne room.