Would Andy Warhol have approved of a Barbie doll made in his likeness? The Andy Warhol Foundation certainly thinks so, and has teamed up with American toy manufacturer Mattel to produce a new doll reminiscent of the legendary pop artist.The limited edition doll goes for about $150. It's dressed in a black leather biker jacket, black skinny jeans, and black sunglasses. Her hair is styled in Warhol's trademark white mop, and her accessories include paintbrushes, colors, a tiny Polaroid camera, and a miniature of Warhol's Barbie painting.
Indeed, the artist created paintings of the famous doll. His 1986 painting Barbie, Billy Boy depicts Barbie with thick blond hair and big blue eyes against a light blue background. Warhol later made a second version of the piece, titled Barbie, with a red background.The blue version sold at auction at Christie's, London in October 2014 for £722,500 ($1,161,780).
The portraits were reportedly inspired by Warhol's 23-year-old muse Billy Boy, a jewelry designer and member of New York's downtown scene in the 1980s, who owned a vast collection of Barbie dolls.