Shirley Temple Diamond up for Auction at Sotheby’s

AUCTION UPDATE 04/20: The Shirley Temple diamond once belonging to “America’s Little Darling” will be up for auction next month.

Shirley Temple Diamond

The cushion-cut blue diamond remained in Temple’s jewelrycollection until her death in 2014 and will be offered in its original Art Deco-style setting.

9.54-carat fancy deep blue, potentially internally flawless, VVS2 clarity diamond ring long owned by Shirley Temple is leading Sotheby’s auction of Magnificent Jewels on April 19 in New York.

Temple’s father bought the ring for his daughter for $7,210 in early 1940, around the time of her 12th birthday.

Born on April 23, 1928, Temple rose quickly to stardom and became an American icon. She appeared in a number of other films but eventually started taking on roles of a new type when she was named U.S. delegate to the 24th U.N. General Assembly by President Richard Nixon in 1969.

This past November, Sotheby’s set a new world auction price record for any diamond or gemstone when it sold the Blue Moon of Josephine, a 12.03-carat fancy vivid blue diamond, for $48.5 million.

The stone is expected to sell for $25 million to $35 million.


Shirley Temple’s rare blue diamond ring has failed to sell at a New York auction.

Sotheby’s opened bidding for the 9.54-carat “Fancy Deep Blue” at $19m (£13m) and closed at $22m (£15m), which was below the ring’s reserve price of $25m.

It had been estimated to be worth up to $35m (£24m).

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Sotheby's recent auction brought in $52M which included $4.3 million for the highest-profile lot, a Van Cleef & Arpels diamond necklace worn by the late Queen Nazli of Egypt.

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