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American Girl Dolls That Are Worth A Ton Now

Since American Girl introduced their line of dolls in 1986, generations of girls have grown up with these fun and educational figures. While the dolls were once classified as children's toys, many people consider them collectibles today. You may be shocked to discover what some American Girl dolls are worth. It's not uncommon to find American Girl dolls with price tags as high as hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

What has long made this collection so special is it encompasses the gamut of the American experience. The dolls are "born" in various years throughout history, dressed in the clothing of their particular period, and accompanied by a series of books, some of which tackle dark topics.

The designers place great emphasis on America's multicultural melting pot, too. The dolls are available in many ethnicities, which has surely helped countless girls see themselves reflected in their favorite book characters and playthings, the value of which cannot be overstated.

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  • Samantha Parkington: $1,850

    Born in 1904, Samantha Parkington grew up during the Edwardian era, in which she witnessed important historical movements for women's rights and child labor laws. American Girl officially discontinued Samantha in 2009, but revived her in a different format in 2014. Original Samanthas from 1986, the first year of production, are exceedingly rare and sell for as much as $1,850.

  • Molly McIntire: $725

    Born in 1944, Molly McIntire came of age in the years during and immediately following World War II. American Girl retired her in 2013. Like Samantha Parkington, original Mollys from 1986 are hard to come by. If you find a Molly doll, you may be able to sell her for as much as $725.

  • Kirsten Larson: $625

    Kirsten Larson, born in 1854, was a Swedish settler who came with her family to Minnesota. There she learned English and faced the hardships of life on the prairie. American Girl discontinued Kirsten in 2010, and she has since become a highly sought-after collector's item selling for upwards of $625.

  • Kaya'aton'my: $596

    Kaya'aton'my, referred to as Kaya, is the "oldest" American Girl doll, with the birth year of 1764. Her name translates to She Who Arranges Rocks. Kaya was a member of the Nez Perce tribe of the American Northwest. Given her beauty and her senior-level status among American Girl dolls, she sells for as much as $596.

  • Felicity Merriman: $325

    Born in 1774, Felicity Merriman experienced the American Revolution firsthand. In her own community, she saw the fervor of both those who wanted to remain under British rule and those yearning to break free. American Girl retired Felicity in 2011, but rebooted her in 2017. Original Felicitys from her first year of production in 1991 can sell for $325 or more.

  • Josefina Montoya: $300

    Josefina Montoya, born in 1824, was originally from Mexico but immigrated to New Mexico as a young girl. She and her family struggled in the wake of her mother's death, and she dreamed of someday becoming a great healer. American Girl still produced Josefina as of 2018, but older models in good shape can command prices as high as $300.

  • Julie Albright: $300

    Born in 1974, Julie Albright lived through the social upheaval of the decade. The daughter of divorced parents, she grew up in San Francisco, the epicenter of protest and resistance that marked much of the era. She was a flower child and a burgeoning feminist. American Girl still produces Julie, but have retired several of her looks and outfits. Some sell for as much as $300.

  • Kit Kittredge: $230

    Perhaps the most famous American Girl doll of them all, Kit Kittredge, born in 1934, led a hardscrabble life during the Great Depression. She was a tomboy who adored Amelia Earhart and aspired to become a journalist. Because she's been manufactured since 2000, American Girl might retire Kit at any moment, which is probably why original Kit dolls sell for $230.

  • Cécile Rey: $300

    Born in 1853, Cécile Rey hailed from a wealthy New Orleans family. She grew up with her best friend, Marie-Grace, and the two learned important lessons about friendship, race, and loyalty along the way. American Girl officially discontinued Cécile in 2014, and collectors can expect to pay $300 for an original, still-in-the-box Cécile.

  • Addy Walker: $190

    Addy Walker, born in 1864, was a fugitive slave. Her adventures took her from the Deep South to the North, where she and her mother sought freedom. She has the distinction of being the first Black doll produced by American Girl, which is why she brings in as much as $190.

  • Kanani Akina: $550

    One of the newer American Girl dolls is Kanani Akina. She is Hawaiian, with a Japanese father and a European mother. Born in 2011, she lives on the island of Kauai. In good condition, Kanani can sell for $550.

  • Rebecca Rubin: $180

    Rebecca Rubin, born in 1914, was a Jewish girl whose family emigrated from Russia to New York City. Living on the Lower East Side, she came to embrace both America and the multicultural life of her neighborhood. With the distinction of being the first Jewish historical doll created by American Girl, Rebecca sells for nearly $180.