Grace had been languishing in a corner for months so she jumped at the chance to model it.
The rear view is more daring than the original pattern:
While I was on the red and black theme, I remembered another lady who has been languishing for over a year:
Although I have purchased many doll-related items on eBay, I had never sold anything there so one of my 2011 New Year's Resolutions was to sell an item on eBay. I chose a doll that I wasn't attached to -- Winter Splendor Avon Barbie.
I always felt that the blue eyeshadow was a trick intended to make her eyes look blue and downplay the fact that she is a woman of color. Indeed some of the sellers appeared not to be aware that she is a black doll or they were trying to help her pass for white.
In Black Dolls: A Comprehensive Guide to Celebrating, Collecting, and Experiencing the Passion (2008), Debbie Behan Garrett values the doll at $60 but some sellers wanted as much as $120 for her despite the fact that there were pages and pages of listings for this Avon lady. After watching the ones that sold for a few weeks, I calculated that the actual market price was about $10. The gown was worth that much to me so I stripped the doll and gave the gown to an Integrity Toys lady who carries it with more flair:
I still haven't sold anything on eBay. I always seem to find a way to recycle cast offs within my own collection instead.