World’s biggest Barbie doll collection | World record breaking number of dolls
Since the launch over 1bn dolls have been sold with more than 6,000 belonging to one German fan alone.
Chris Mason visited the home of Bettina Dorfmann to take a look at her record-breaking collection.
- May, 2012 Germany – She was a pilot, she was executive secretary, she was a doctor, even an astronaut. There is talk of Barbie, the most famous doll in the world. But thousands of blond beauty were sold worldwide in the last 50 years and a woman has it all: Bettina from NRW. It has more than 7200 copies, the largest Barbie collection in the world.
- September 13, 2012. The world record for the Largest Barbie doll collection,15000 Barbie dolls. Barbie Collector Bettina Dorfmann from Germany poses in front of her Barbie doll collection in Düsseldorf, Germany.
She has beencollecting the dolls since 1993 Ever since Barbie was created, in 1959, it’s estimated about 1 billion dolls have been produced, and there are over 100,000 passionate doll collectors all around the world, hunting for the rarest items. But none is more dedicated than Bettina Dorfman. In the last 19 years she has amassed an impressive collection of over 15,000 Barbie dolls, from vintage items of the 1960s, to the latest models launched by Mattel. The 52-year-old Dusseldorf-based collector says she has loved Barbie ever since she was just a little girl. ”They are great for children. You can wash their hair, change their clothes, buy new outfits”, she told the BBC, back in 2009, when she had “only” 6,000 dolls. But even after she grew up, Barbie still appealed to her, and since her daughter Melissa always seemed more interested in the new Barbies that came out than in the old ones Bettina had saved for her, she decided to keep them for herself.
- March 1, 2013 center.tv: Largest Barbie doll collection in the world
- July 5, 2013 MDR: Who has the biggest collection of Barbie?
- April 7, 2016 RP-online.de Bettina and her 17.000 Barbies.