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