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some info on barbie this doll is for sale I do not know how long she will last.It comes from a rep dealer and here is her discription and pic

#3 - BRUNETTE FACTORY BRAID UPDO SAMPLE DOLL. BLUE RIIBBON IN HAIR. TO MATCH HER BLUE SAMPLE GOWN OF SUBURBAN SHOPPER WITH LACE SHOULDER STRAPS NEVER BEEN SEEN BEFORE. WHITE OPEN TOE SHOES, AND THE SAME WHITE STRAW PURSE WITH FLOWER THAT IS PICTURED ON THE 1959 "TM" BOX. SHE IS TIED IN HER BOX! AND HAS NEVER BEEN REMOVED. SHE IS A ONE OF A KIND ALL ORIGINAL DOLL. SHE HAS LUCIOUS RED LIPS AND MOST LIKELY HAND PAINTED EYEBROWS. BOX IS STAMPED "SAMPLE" ON EACH END! TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: I had the pleasure of photgraphing six of these wonderful and unusual dolls in 'Sample' boxes in 2005 for an article I wrote about them in Haute Doll Magazine. Since I had them in my posession for several weeks, I was able to study them very carefully. What can I say about them? I can say with complete certainty that they're genuine vintage dolls in genuine vintage Mattel fabrics and notions, and that their costumes APPEAR to have been made (or modified) decades ago, in my expert opinion. I can also say that I've had a lot of experience with actual documented vintage Mattel sample (pre-production) Barbie items from Charlotte Johnson's estate and that these things have the same type of 'feel', and although they're still in mint condition, the items have a 'patina of age' to them that's hard to fake today. What CAN'T I say about them? Since there's no written documentation regarding their provenance, I can't assign an exact year to them. I also can't speculate on who made them, such as a Mattel samplemaker. What was I told about them? The owners at the time told me that they "bought these sample dolls and fashions about eight to ten years ago from a well-known Barbie collector who wishes to remain anonymous for reasons of privacy. They were part of a very large sample collection [that the collector acquired] many years ago. There are several hundred of these variations (dolls and/or outfits) that we know of, which extend from the beginning of the vintage period through the early Eighties, some of which are in other collections [besides ours]. We think the ones marked 'Salesman Sample' were carried by Mattel salesmen when they went to sell the dolls [and fashions] to toy stores. As far as the ones marked just 'Sample', we believe that these are early costume variations that were created during the development process of the mass-produced versions. None of the boxed dolls came with any of the usual ensemble accessories, either, except for shoes and necklaces." I was also told by a former Mattel designer (who wishes to remain anonymous) that she had heard that early Barbie salesman sample items were boxed and displayed to potential buyers this way. I specifically asked her if the inconsistencies in the boxes' stamping revels anything significant . She recalled that "nothing like this was ever consistent at Mattel". Basically, the stamping procedures depended on who was doing the stamping that particular day, which would also account for the 'mistakes' seen in this collection. So the boxes marked just 'SAMPLE' are basically in the same category as the 'SALESMAN SAMPLE' dolls, and not to be confused with other types of costume samples used at Mattel. ARTICLE EXCERPT: The sample fashions were also used by salesmen to document how enthusiastically the retailers reacted to them. In other words, a chilly reception (either verbally or through a lack of orders) meant that something about the fashion needed to be changed. Since these samples were used to as a tool to ultimately refine Barbie's fashion designs, then they may have been assembled BEFORE the costume went into final production. These dolls & costumes bring up SO many questions: 1) If they weren't made at Mattel in 1959-60, then WHO did them & how in the world did they find the exact vintage fabrics to make, for example, an all-one-piece floor-length Plantation Belle skirt? 2) Roman Holiday has shank buttons, which didn't appear in regular line costumes until the mid-60s, but who's to say they weren't IN DEVELOPMENT in 1959? 3) Notice how some of these costumes more accurately represent the fashion illustrations on early Barbie box lids? Suburban Shopper, for one... 4) If these are indeed authentic very early salesman samples, then WHERE are the others? Why are these the only grouping we know of? Are there more, hidden away somewhere? If these were provided to major-market (NY, LA & Chicago) salesman, logic would dictate that there should be more of them floating around... How has this bunch remained such a well-kept secret these many years? IN CONCLUSION: It just goes to show that, when it comes to vintage Barbie and her fashions, we haven't even come close to seeing EVERYTHING, and exciting discoveries like this will always be just around the corner. At the very least, these items are intriguing oddities, with mint and gorgeous vintage dolls and beautifully-crafted costumes, certainly the 'jewel in the crown' of any vintage Barbie collection. At the very most, they're mind-blowing rareities from vintage Barbie's world, so scarce today that they MAY be the only examples in existance, and they provide a unique, delightful view into Barbie's early costume development. -Barry Sturgill July 1. 2009 Item Number: VINT-4F10 Our Price: $4,995.00

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