Excitement is building among jewellery lovers around the world as Shirley Temple’s precious, rare blue diamond ring is set to take centre stage at Sotheby’s New York on 19 April 2016. The breathtaking 9.54 carat, cushion-cut, fancy deep blue diamond was treasured throughout the life of the actress and was given to her by her father, who purchased the ring in 1940 for US$7,210. It is widely thought that it was to mark the premier of her film The Blue Bird. Estimated to be worth up to US$35 million, the auction starting price will be US$25m (£17.3m), Sotheby's says.
Shirley Temple, later Shirley Temple Black, was born on 23 April 1928 and became a household name, not only in the US but around the world, as a child movie star. Recognised by her ringlet curls and sweet smiling face, Temple’s cheerful character lifted the spirits of her fans during the difficult years of the Great Depression. In 1969 Temple was appointed US Delegate to the 24th United Nations General Assembly by President Richard Nixon and went on to have an active political career.
The radiant star, who passed away in February 2014, will be celebrated once again as her spectacular jewel headlines at the New York Magnificent Jewels sale.
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