Shirley Temple’s deep blue diamond ring up for auction

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(March 21, 2016) — Got about $35 million to spare? This blue diamond ring owned by a bouncy, curly-haired child star could be yours.

Sotheby’s is auctioning the 9.54-carat ring it says belonged to Shirley Temple, the movie star-turned-diplomat who appeared in films such as “Bright Eyes” and “Curly Top.”

The cushion-cut stone was a gift from her father in 1940, Sotheby’s said in a statement. At the time, she was 12 and her movie, “The Blue Bird,” had just premiered.

The ring is scheduled to be auctioned April 19, and is estimated to fetch between $25 million and $35 million.

Shirley Temple started acting at age 3, and her films were massive box-office hits in her childhood years. After stepping down from the silver screen, she enjoyed a long career as an ambassador, but has remained a cultural icon decades later.

She died of natural causes two years ago.

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