Video and story: Fraser Morton
Photography: Eszter Papp
Jian Yang is passionate about collecting Barbie dolls, and has been since he was a kid. Now in his late 30s, he has amassed a huge collection and shares his Singapore home with more than 9,000 dolls sourced from 50 countries. And he has no plans to stop.
As one of the world’s biggest Barbie collectors – first place goes to a German woman with 15,000 dolls – he purchases most of the dolls online and displays them proudly in his house, where Barack Obama shares closet space with Osama Bin Laden, while Grace Kelly and Marilyn Monroe fight for attention with Cambodian princess Barbie. With an estimated value in excess of half a million dollars, Yang says there are “no limits” to how big his collection can grow.
All rise for Singapore’s undisputed doll-collecting king.
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