NEW YORK -- Barbie, the dress-up doll owned by millions of children worldwide, has been cast in sterling silver to celebrate her 25th birthday.
Mattel, one of the world's leading toy manufacturers and maker of the doll, opened its annual fair Sunday featuring the silver replica of Barbie, cast by Tiffany and Co.
Barbie was put on the market in 1959 after Mattel's designers noticed that cardboard cut-out dolls that children could dress with paper clothes were popular.
Barbie was made of molded plastic and her cloth clothes have followed fashions through the years.
'Barbie and Ken are ageless,' said Kathy Kennedy, a Mattel spokeswoman.
Barbie's boyfriend Ken was introduced to her in 1961. The Barbie family, including her friend, Skipper, have sold 200 million copies worldwide.
Barbie, clad in a simple one-piece swimsuit, cost $3 when she made her debut. The no-trims 'Sungold Malibu Barbie' now retails for about $5.35, said Ms. Kennedy.
Mattel has also created Barbies with hair that could be grow or be dyed different colors and a kissing Barbie whose lips puckered when her back was pressed.