- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Krause Publications (29 Oct. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1440212791
- ISBN-13: 978-1440212796
- Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 2.1 x 25.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,208,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Barbie Doll: A Rare Beauty Hardcover – 29 Oct 2010
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About the Author
Sandi Holder is one of the leading authorities on all things Barbie doll in the world. With nearly 20 years of collecting experience, Sandi has worked closely with Mattel Inc. Her own Sandi Holder's Doll Attic has been featured in newspapers and magazines around the world. Her auctions showcase some of the rarest Barbie doll items. Her website business: http://www.dollattic.com, receives 10,000 unique visitors/month
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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. Print media is vital to any hobby and having authors in my family, I can see just how much work and dedication goes into publishing a book and putting yourself out there to the public. I am so glad that she did this as our hobby was in dire need of a new book, and done by an author who has such a wealth of knowledge and is a collector herself. Her dedication to our hobby is admirable and when she won Barbie's Best Friend Award, I had to join in the standing ovation as her sprit and enthusiasm to making this hobby the best it can be is evident in everything she does. I hope to someday visit her museum so I can take myself back in time and relive my childhood memories with my children.
I must admit, when I bought two copies of Barbie A Rare Beauty, one was for "show" and one was for me to keep as I had a feeling this book was going to be well "loved" in no time and that was the truth! My second copy fell into the hands of my sister, and just as she did as a child (stole my Barbie dolls), my second copy found its way to her large suitcase she calls a handbag and I know I will never see it again, so I ordered a third copy.
Kudos to Sandi Holder for delighting the Barbie Collecting Community with this unbelievable book!! As a side note, when I took the book to work, my co workers who are not collectors ended up ordering copies of this book as it is such a fun way to spend a few hours or days, as is the case with me, walking down memory lane.
I just have one hope - SHE WRITES ANOTHER BOOK!!!!!
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.