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Barbie Leaves Dream House For Permanent Home At LACMA

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Mattel's iconic Barbie doll will be taking time from her busy, Jeep-driving schedule to motor over to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art where she will become part of the LACMA permanent collection of over 100,000 art objects and artworks. Night at the museum just got more interesting -- she's also bringing her boy-toy Ken.

Reports the LA Times, "The museum has acquired the original Barbie in preparation for its big fall show, 'California Design, 1930-1965: Living in a Modern Way." LACMA claims that Mattel did not pay Barbie's way into museum, however the El Segundo-based firm recently became the "show's lead corporate sponsor."

Co-curator of the show, Wendy Kaplan, says Barbie helps to tell the story "of how midcentury manufacturers sold toys, furniture and fashion alike by selling the idea of a leisurely California lifestyle," notes the LA Times. So THAT'S how we all ended up here!