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Apr 7, 2016

Shirley Temple’s Blue Diamond Ring to be Auctioned

By   Nicole Snitman, GIA, D.G.   |   Tags: , ,   |   Category: The Guildhall Color Diamond Advisor, Trending

FILE - FEBRUARY 11: Hollywood Actress Shirley Temple Has died At The Age Of 85 American child star and actress Shirley Temple, circa 1945. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Shirley Temple was one of America’s most beloved child movie stars lifting spirits during the Great Depression and later celebrated for her services as an American diplomat.  But on April 19th, Temple’s 9.54 carat Fancy Deep Blue diamond ring will be the star of show and take center stage at Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels sale in New York City.

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Temple’s beautiful blue cushion cut diamond ring was purchased by her father in 1940 for $7,210 and was a gift for her 12th birthday which also happened to coincide with the release of her film “The Blue Bird”.

According to Frank Everett, sales director for Sotheby’s jewelry department in New York. “This was a treasured piece of jewelry that she wore and enjoyed her entire life.”

Shirley Temple's Ring Auction

The ring which had been sold by the estate to a private buyer is now putting it up for auction comes with a pre-estimate value between $25 million and $35 million.

The ring is being sold in its original platinum and diamond setting, and a gold setting Temple had made for it will be included as well, Sotheby’s reported.