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The 10 Most Outrageous Items People Bought in January

2013 started off with some impressive sales, including record prices for a mansion and a Ferrari. One famous baby even got a diamond-encrusted Barbie doll for her first birthday -- and you won't believe what it cost her parents.

Why China Doesn't Like Barbie, Best Buy or DIY

U.S. companies see China as a market of near limitless potential, but plenty of big names have learned the hard way that the American way doesn't always sell in Shanghai. From Mattel to Home Depot, here are some notable attempts that got lost in translation.

Mattel's Biggest Hit Began Her Life as a Gag Gift

In his new book, Imagine: How Creativity Works, Jonah Lehrer writes about how Barbie was actually the result of a cultural misunderstanding -- an innocent mix-up that became a huge moneymaker for Mattel.

Barbie With Diamond Necklace Sells for $302,500

A Barbie doll featuring a diamond necklace sold at a New York auction for a record $302,500. The one-off Barbie is wearing a black strapless evening gown with a choker necklace featuring a one-carat square-cut pink diamond, BBC News said.

Super Spy Barbie? MGA Accuses Mattel of Toy Espionage

MGA Entertainment, maker of the controversial line of Bratz dolls, threw another punch in its extended copyright brawl with Barbie maker Mattel, alleging that Mattel has for years been falsifying credentials to spy on competitors at toy fairs.

Barbie Maker Mattel's Profit Doubles to $51.6M

Toymaker Mattel Inc (MAT) said that profit for the second quarter more than doubled from a year ago. Net income for the quarter was $51.6 million or 14 cents a share, compared with $21.5 million, or 6 cents a share, in the second quarter of 2009. Net sales rose 13% from a year earlier to $1.02 billion, the company said in a statement. Operating income for the quarter was $69.4 million, from $32.5 million in the second quarter of 2009.

Don Draper, meet Barbie

It may not be the best $74.95 you'll ever spend, but Mattel's "Mad Men" dolls sure have a lot of possibilities for fun. That's the suggested retail...

Barbie gets a new job: code monkey

Barbie Doll has a new job, and unlike many of the 14.8 million unemployed Americans, the new job found her -- she's a computer engineer. In an...

Help Barbie land her next job

Barbie is looking for a new job, and she's exploring several options: surgeon, architect, computer engineer, news anchor, and environmentalist....