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New York, NY -  Wearing a black strapless party dress, pink peep-toe stilettos, and a stunning necklace featuring a one-carat Fancy Vivid diamond, the world's most expensive Barbie® (estimate: $300-000-500,000) is set to cross the auction block in a bid to raise funds for breast cancer research.  Designed head-to-toe by fine jewelry designer Stefano Canturi, this one-of-a-kind Barbie® is being offered by Christie's New York as a special item within its blockbuster Jewels: The New York Sale on October 20, 2010.  The item will be auctioned without reserve and all profits from the sale will benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®, in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

'BarbieTM by Stefano Canturi' (pictured right) wears a Canturi collar necklace, exemplifying Stefano Canturi's 'Cubism' style of arranging carré- and baguette-cut diamonds in his signature geometric pattern. Three carats of white diamonds comprise the dazzling necklace, which is centered on a one-carat emerald cut Fancy Vivid purplish-pink diamond (pictured at right), a registered tendered stone from the Australian Argyle mine. Collector demand for colored diamonds of this saturation and hue are on the rise, yielding auction prices in excess of $300,000 per carat.

Canturi was invited to create this special Barbie® after a successful collaboration with Mattel for Barbie® doll's 50th Anniversary celebration last year. With a new challenge to add to his artistic repertoire, the Australian designer spent four weeks designing the doll's frame, hair style, makeup, dress, shoes, nail polish, and of course, her exquisite jewels. Having created the world's most expensive Barbie®, Canturi then partnered with Christie's and The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® to ensure the auction of this iconic doll will result in a significant and meaningful contribution to the many women who inspire him and for whom he designs.

"We are honored and thrilled that Stefano Canturi chose The Breast Cancer Research Foundation as the beneficiary of this special Barbie," said Evelyn H. Lauder, Chairman and Founder of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®. "It is a perfect match as BRCF supports special research."

'BarbieTM by Stefano Canturi' was unveiled to the public for the first time on September 10 at New York's Fashion's Night Out to rave reviews.  Canturi will host additional previews of the doll at its Las Vegas and New York salons before placing Barbie® on public view at Christie's Rockefeller Center galleries in New York as part of its pre-sale exhibition running October 16 - 19.  The Christie’s auction and preview are both free and open to the public.

In previous years, Christie's has achieved exceptional prices for rare and unique Barbie® dolls offered from private collections.  In September 2006, Christie's South Kensington set a world auction record of $17,091 for the most expensive Barbie® doll sold at auction.  The doll, created in 1965 and known as Barbie in "Midnight Red" was from the largest known private collection of Barbie® dolls, nearly all of which were sold by Christie's in a single landmark sale.


The complete e-catalogue for Jewels: The New York Sale, including 'BarbieTM by Stefano Canturi',

is available online at

A video detailing the Making of 'BarbieTM by Stefano Canturi' is posted at



Since the establishment of Canturi Jewels in 1986, international designer Stefano Canturi has risen to the very top echelons of his craft, creating an instantly recognizable, much admired and distinctive brand of fine jewelry. Each precious piece is intricately and meticulously finished by hand in Canturi’s own design studio in Sydney, Australia. The exquisite balance between concept and form is the essence of the brand. Canturi Jewels has three salons in Australia (Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane) and two locations in the US (New York and Las Vegas).

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The Breast Cancer Research Foundation®

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® was founded in 1993 by Evelyn H. Lauder as an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to funding innovative clinical and translational research.  In October 2010, BCRF will award $33 million to over 170 scientists across the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia.  Currently, more than 88 cents of each dollar donated to the Foundation goes directly to breast cancer research and awareness programs.  And the American Institute of Philanthropy has awarded the Foundation its highest possible rating of A+.  BCRF is the only breast cancer organization to receive this accolade; and is the only cancer organization to currently hold this ranking.  For more information about BCRF, visit


BARBIE and associated trademarks and trade dress are owned by, and used under license from, Mattel, Inc. © 2010 Mattel, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


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Christie’s auctions span more than 80 art and luxury categories, at price points ranging from $200 to over $100 million. Christie’s has sold 8 of the 10 most important single-owner collections in history, including the Paul G. Allen Collection—the most valuable collection ever offered at auction (November 2022). In recent years, Christie’s has achieved the world record price for an artwork at auction (Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, 2017), for a 20th century artwork (Andy Warhol’s Shot Sage Blue Marilyn, 2022) and for a work by a living artist (Jeff Koons’ Rabbit, 2019). 

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