Wow, it’s amazing!

Via LA Times.

Sotheby’s is pulling some nostalgic heartstrings as the auction house markets the sale of a blue diamond ring that belonged to the late Shirley Temple Black.

The child star received the 9.54-carat fancy deep blue diamond ring as a gift from her father, according to the auction house, sometime around her 12th birthday. That fell a few weeks before the release of her 1940 film “The Blue Bird.” Sotheby’s is calling the ring the star of its April 19 “Magnificent Jewels” auction.

When Temple was 22 she discovered the fortune she had made in the movies — $3.2 million, which is the equivalent of about $31 million today — had dwindled to just $28,000. The money from hits like “Heidi” and “The Little Colonel” had gone to support her family’s lavish lifestyle or was lost in poor investments made by her father, George Temple.

The ring, however, proved not to be among her father’s bad moves. Sotheby’s puts the jewel’s pre-auction value between $25 million and $35 million…

Here’s a shot of Temple wearing it at a significant event in her adult life. In 1969, she had it on her right hand as she was sworn in as a delegate for the United Nations.



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  1. Alain41 says:

    Shirley Temple and Beau (tiful) Jangles teamed together well.

  2. TigerAim says:

    Beautiful ring, but if I were her kid or grandkid, I’d hate to let it go, especially if she actually liked the ring. But, of course, that is a lot of $$…

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