Greta Gerwig’s Barbie movie is blowing up the box office, and that means everybody’s got Barbie (and Ken and Allan, of course) on the brain.
But while many iterations of Barbie appear in the film, one mega-star Barbie is notably absent: the Beyoncé Barbie. Yes, in 2005, Mattel produced a Beyoncé Barbie as part of their set of Destiny’s Child dolls—but that’s not the only connection Bey shares with the iconic doll.
Who can forget Halloween 2016, when Beyoncé and Jay-Z dressed as Barbie and Ken?
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But there’s another significant moment in Beyoncé’s Barbie history you might not know about. Hello Magazine points out that none other than Blue Ivy Carter, heiress to the Bey-Jay dynasty, has a unique Barbie doll that was certainly not sold in any stores.
You see, roughly 10 years ago, Blue Ivy was set to celebrate her 1st birthday. And as you can imagine, the first birthday of the first child of Beyoncé and Jay-Z wasn’t going to be a quiet, modest affair. The party, described as a “princess-themed, lavish bash held in New York,” featured more than $75,000 worth of pink and white roses and a nearly $2,000 birthday cake.
But those costs pale in comparison to the price of the unique gift Blue Ivy herself ultimately got: “a diamond-encrusted, one-of-a-kind Barbie.” Hello cites the doll as worth $80,000, thanks to an adornment of “160 sparkling diamonds embedded in white gold.”
Though to be honest, it’s Beyoncé and Jay-Z. What did we think they would do, hit the bargain bin?