American Girl Dolls, introduced in 1986 by Pleasant Company, have become a beloved part of countless childhoods. They have captivated the hearts of both young and old with their historical backgrounds, personal stories, and high-quality outfits.
However, some of these dolls are not just child’s play but have also become valuable collector’s items.
Top 10 Most Valuable American Girl Dolls in 2023
Here are the top ten most expensive and valuable American Girl Dolls.
10. Nicki Fleming
Nicki Fleming, characterized as a farm girl with a flair for training service dogs, quickly became a favorite among collectors. The doll’s value has significantly increased over the years due to its limited availability and popularity. The original price of a new Nicki Fleming doll was approximately $100 when it was first released. However, her worth has appreciated over time mainly due to her discontinued status and rarity.
As with any collectible item, the value of the Nicki Fleming American Girl Doll varies depending on several factors such as the doll’s condition, whether it is new or used, if it still has its original packaging and included accessories, and if any modifications have been made to it.
A well-preserved Nicki Fleming American Girl Doll, complete with its original clothing and accessories, can fetch anywhere between $150 to $300 on various online marketplaces.
9. Rebecca Rubin
The Rebecca Rubin doll was released in the summer of 2009. She had light brown hair, hazel eyes, and wore a red tweep waist dress with belt loops. According to American Girls, her outfit is meant to imitate the conservative fashion of the mid 1910s.
A new, updated version was later released during the rebranding of the Historical Line in the fall of 2014. Instead of a red dress, the BeForever version wore a purple asymmetrical jacket with a knee length skirt. At one point, the new version was available separately for $36, however, it is now only available as a bundle.
For those who are interested in the retired version, it can sometimes be found online with prices ranging from $150 and $260.
8. Kit Kittredge
The original Kit Kittredge doll came out in 2000. She had blonde hair and blue eyes and wore a lavender knit sweater, matching cardigan, and a floral print pleated skirt. She also wore white bloomers, ivory-colorer sandals, and a jade green barrette.
In 2014, an updated version was released as part of the BeForever collection. Unlike the original, the new doll wore a teal sleeveless dress and red Mary Jane shoes. She also wore a red plastic hair barrette on the side of her head. Her other accessories included a crocheted hat, purse, necklace, and handkerchief.
In terms of price, a first edition Kit can go anywhere from $150 to $325 online, depending on the condition.
The Kaya’aton’my (‘Kaya’ for short) doll came out in 2002. The ‘oldest’ American Girl doll, she was a member of the New Perce tribe, who lived throughout the Northwest United States.
She wears a traditional deerskin dress with a brown leather belt, the latter of which is tied at the front. As for her hair, its long and straight and done up in two braids, with two shells on each side. The first version included a porcupine quill necklace, belt pouch, and woven rectangular bag.
A new BeForever version of the doll has since been released, however, there are no major updates to her outfit or accessories. The only difference is that she now comes with a copy of The Journey Begins.
6. Kirsten Larson
The Kirsten Larson doll was one of American Girls’ first Historical Characters. Released in 1986, she wore a mid-century day dress and a cotton apron, the latter of which featured red stripes and dashed lines. And like most American dolls, she wore white cotton pantalettes, knee-high stockings, and boots. Her accessories included a red sunbonnet, spoon bag, necklace, and handkerchief.
After many years, she was officially retired in January 2010. A new version, which was available as a limited edition bundle, was later released in 2021 for American Girls’ 35th anniversary.
The bundle included the doll, her accessories, a first edition style of Meet Kirsten, as well as an older-style box. In terms of appearance, the updated version wore a slightly darker dress and an apron with a slightly lighter weave. Her eyes were also a darker color; instead of light blue, like the original, they were dark blue. The bundle was available for $150 and by August 2021, it was sold out.
5. Cecile Rey
Cecile Rey was released alongside Marie-Grace Gardner as a pair in 2011. She represented mid-nineteenth-century New Orleans and was one of a handful of dolls of color that were part of the historical line.
She had dark brown hair with red highlights, which were partially held up on the sides by two silk ribbons. She wore a teal calf-length dress, one with a black velvet ribbon trim with white cotton pantalettes, and black ankle boots. Her accessories included a dark teal round hat, a bronze metal necklace, and white wrist gloves.
Like Marie-Grace Gardner, she was archived in 2014.
4. Marie-Grace Gardner
Marie-Grace Gardner was originally released in 2011 with Cecile Rey as her best friend. She had aquamarine eyes and light brown hair, which she wore in two crisscrossed braids.
Under her pink plaid dress, she wore white pantalettes, which had eyelet lace at the hem. She also wore black button boots with Velcros at the back. Her accessories included a hat, a fan, and a gold heart-shaped locket, which she wore on a gold chain.
She was available for three years and was retired in 2014.
3. Josefina Montoya
The original Josefina Montoya doll was released in 1994. She represented the New Mexico area and was the sixth of the Historical Characters. She had dark brown eyes and wore a braid that draped against her shoulder. In terms of her outfit, she wore a long blouse with a simple skirt, which reflected what fashion would have been like in the 1800s in Mexico.
In 2014, American Girl released an updated version of Josefina for the BeForever collection. Instead of a maroon skirt, she wore a bright red skirt with a blue flower print. Her belt was also a different color (royal blue instead of brown).
And in 2021, they released a special edition for American Girl’s 35th anniversary. Available as a bundle, it included the doll, accessories, as well as an older-style box with a visibility window. The bundle quickly sold out and was retired by July 2021.
As for the original Josefina doll, it occasionally pops up at online auctions for around $300.
2. Kirsten Larson
The original Felicity was released in 1991. She was the first doll to be added to the collection after the original three. In 2002, however, she was removed from the catalog. Collectors were only able to get her, her clothes, and her furniture through online order. By 2011, she was officially archived.
Many collectors were against this decision and so American Girl brought her back with a new look in 2017 for the BeForever collection (she had a blue and yellow outfit instead of a pink/purple dress). Ironically enough, it’s also the rarest version as it was only available for two years. It was later retired in 2019.
For those who are interested in adding the original Felicity to their collection, you can expect to spend at least $350.
1. Molly McIntire
The market value of Molly McIntire American Girl Doll can fluctuate based on many factors. If the doll is new, in a sealed box, it can be worth upwards of $200 to $300.
However, a used doll in good condition can still fetch a significant amount, ranging from $80 to $150. It’s important to note that these are average prices and can vary based on the doll’s condition and any accompanying accessories.
For instance, dolls that come with their original clothes and accessories or are included in a set with a book or other items will likely be worth more. Similarly, dolls that have been kept in excellent condition or are particularly rare versions may also fetch higher prices. In contrast, dolls that have been heavily played with or have noticeable damage will likely be worth less.