Shirley Temple and the famous blue diamond ring
The famous Hollywood star Shirley Temple owned one of the most talked about blue diamond rings we have known. The child actress worked in several movies such as “bright eyes”, “Heidi” and “Curly Top” earning legions of fan. She was 12 when she acted in “the Blue Bird” and around the time of her film’s release, her father reportedly got her a fancy deep blue diamond for $7210!
That was way back in 1940, and the blue diamond was a 9.54 carat ring that is rare. The actress wore the ring always, throughout her life one spotted her with the blue diamond. The diamond was a birthday present to her from her father and also a celebration of the premier of the film – The Blue Bird.
The family intended to sell it at an auction through Sotheby’s in April 2016. The blue diamond ring retains its original Art Deco-inspired setting, and her family believes that the blue diamond ring, a rare one costs around $25-$35 million. At the time of gifting in 1940, the ring cost around $7210 ($121,000). During the auction, however, the ring closed at $22 million. As such blue diamonds are a rarity and the piece is also famed for its Hollywood connection making it worth a few multimillion dollars. The film debuted 82 years ago, in April 1934.
At one point during her career, Temple was a child artiste who became America’s sweetheart. The Blue Bird in which she acted like a child saw her playing the role of an impolite daughter of a German father. The woodcutter one day came across a special blue colored bird. This bird was like a lucky charm and believed to bring good luck. The father as any other kept it for himself instead of gifting it to a sick friend.
In one of the scenes, the actress goes for a walk in the enchanted forest accompanied by her family dog, cat, and lantern all of which transformed into human form to bring alive the blue bird of happiness.
The lady was born on April 13, 1928, and made a name for herself when she first acted in “Stand Up and Cheer.” The timeless song “Good Ship Lollipop” — popularized in the film “Bright Eyes” — became known everywhere.
Temple had a second career in which she took up ambassadorial roles. A married Temple-Black was appointed a delegate to the United Nations in 1969. The once popular child actress later became the U.S. ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1989 to 1992.
Tragedy struck when she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy in 1972.
A few days after the surgery, Ms. Temple-Black held a press conference from her hospital bed urging women to be in control of their own medical decisions.
But Temple Black died in 2014 at the age of 85 from natural causes.
Apart from the blue diamond, her family had previously also auctioned off a selection of her costumes, scripts and a dress from her Oscar presence in 1935.