Extremely Rare Barbie Statuette

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9" (23 cm). One-piece statuette of ponytail Barbie wearing sculpted "Solo in the Spotlight Costume" standing on stage-like base with microphone in front. The statuette is finished in bronze-like finish with textured gown and hair,the face and arms are smooth. The rarity of the statue and its superb workmanship of sculpture and finish lend credence to the theory that the figure was produced,circa 1960,intended as a type of "Oscar" for the doll world,either celebrating the doll itself or important retailers. In a 2003 interview with Elliott Handler he stated his belief that this was a special award statuette given at an annual luncheon at Mattel. An article about the statuette has appeared in Barbie Bazaar.
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