Superstorm Sandy buys time for Barbie

"PS ... I Love You, Barbie and Ken," designed by Jim Holmes of Mattel.

The auction of specially designed Barbie and Ken dolls to benefit The LGB T Community Center of the Desert has been extended.

Bidding on the dolls, named “PS … I Love You, Barbie and Ken,” was set to close at noon today (Wednesday), but weather conditions on the East Coast delayed it. The offices of the website conducting the auction are affected by the storm dubbed Sandy, says photographer Steven Henke. Bidders now have until Nov. 2 to place a winning bid at

The dolls are valued at $2,500 and the highest bid as of 2 p.m. today was $950. Other items up for bid include three photographs of the dolls and an Assouline Barbie book. Funds raised from the auction will benefit Palm Springs’ LGBT center.

Henke also has original photos he shot of various Barbies and Ken at Palm Springs landmarks and sights, exhibited at Savage Art Gallery as a fundraiser for The Center. Proceeds from the sale of some of the images now exceed $10,000, and an average of 30 people per day stop in to see the images, gallery owner Shawn Savage says.

Barbie visits Warm Sands. Photo by Steven Henke.

Savage Art Gallery is at 870 E. Research Drive, Suite 1, Palm Springs. Info: (760) 464-5978.