Shirley Temple's blue diamond ring up for auction

Sotheby's is auctioning a 9.54-carat ring it says belonged to child star Shirley Temple.

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  • Sotheby's says her father bought her the diamond in 1940
  • It will be auctioned next month

(CNN)Got a spare $35 million? 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."
    Child star Shirley Temple started performing in films at age 3. After leaving Hollywood, she entered politics and took on several ambassador positions overseas.
    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 will be auctioned on 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.