Canturi designs world’s most expensive Barbie

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Diamond doll to raise up to £315k at Christie’s for cancer charity.

The world’s most expensive Barbie, complete with a 1ct fancy vivid diamond necklace designed by Stefano Canturi, is set to be auctioned off by Christie’s in New York.

The doll, which will be sold as part of the Jewels: The New York Sale, has been given a pre-sale estimate of US$300,000 to US$500,000 (£188,950 to £314,935). The doll will be auctioned without reserve and all profits from the sale will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Fund.

The pricey Barbie has been designed from its synthetic blonde head to its pink peep-toe stilettos by Stefano Canturi of luxury jewellery brand Canturi. To complement her black strapless party dress, Canturi has created a collar necklace comprising 3ct of white carré- and baguette-cut diamonds in his signature geometric pattern with a 1ct emerald-cut fancy vivid purplish-pink diamond from the Australian Argyle mine as the centrepiece.

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Christie’s is hoping that this diamond-clad Barbie will fetch a high price, following in the tiny footsteps of its predecessors that have gone under the gavel in previous years. Unique Barbies tend to fetch a high price and in September 2006 a 1965 Barbie in Midnight Red set a world record for the doll brand by achieving a price of US$17,091 (£10,765).

The glitzy Barbie will be on show at Christie’s Rockefeller Centre galleries in New York from October 16 to 19, before going on sale at Christie’s New York on October 20.

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