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Subject: Shirley Temple's blue diamond ring fails to sell

Written By: Philip Eno on 04/20/16 at 5:46 am

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. It had been estimated to be worth up to $35m (£24m). Temple, who made her screen debut at three-years-old, was one of Hollywood's biggest stars in the 1930s. She died in 2014 at the age of 85. The ring was bought by the actress's father for $7,210 (£5,016) in 1940, around the time of her 12th birthday. It was being auctioned by a private seller who bought it from her estate.

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