NEW YORK — Back in 1940, Shirley Temple’s dad presented the adorable child actress with a 9.54-carat deep blue diamond ring, around the time the curly-haired cutie appeared in the film “The Blue Bird.”
All these years later — and two years after Temple’s death from natural causes at age 85 — the ring is up for auction at Sotheby’s in New York, and the lucky winner will likely have to cough up $25 million to $35 million for the pleasure of owning it, according to auction house estimates.
The cushion-cut stone ring will be auctioned off on April 19. Her dad gave her the ring when the actress was around the age of 12, just as “The Little Princess” star was outgrowing her “Good Ship Lollipop” childhood charms. She went on to have a long career as a diplomat, and wore the ring throughout her life.
The ring will be centerpiece of the upcoming auction called “Magnificent Jewels.”
“Also on offer are treasures fit for any style and occasion, from Belle Époque beauties and Deco dazzlers to glittering contemporary creations. Including a fine selection of colored stones mounted by famed Philadelphia jeweler J.E. Caldwell, the sale also presents an impressive array of diamonds and gemstones fashioned into a variety of exceptional jewels,” according to an auction preview on Sotheby’s website.