Bettina Dorfmann, from Dusseldorf, Germany, has featured in the 2013 Guinness Book of Records for her amazing Barbie Doll collection which numbers 15,000 items and is the Largest Collection of Barbie Dolls throughout the world. She started collecting Barbies in 1993 and doesn’t plan on ever ending her quest for new additions.
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, from Germany. 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.
The more Barbies she added to the collection, the more passionate she got about her hobby, and soon Bettina found herself asking people if they had any dolls to sell or give away, pretty much everywhere she went. As you can imagine, finding room for 15,000 of Barbie dolls can’t be easy, and the avid collector admits she had to convert an upstairs office in her home into a Barbie gallery filled with over 1,500 items. Some others are kept in other rooms around the house and in the cellar, but the bulk of her collection is spread all around the world, appearing in various doll exhibitions.
She has even set up a repair service with people sending her dolls from all across the world.
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