Heritage Auctions to offer the Estate of Shirley Temple Black
The estate of former Hollywood child star and U.S Ambassador Shirley Temple Black will be offered in a special Heritage Auctions sale next month.
Temple was just three years old when she began her career in 1931, and by the age of seven she'd become Hollywood's biggest star.
From 1935 until 1938 she was the number-one box-office draw in America, starring in 44 features and generating tens of millions of dollars in merchandise sales.
"Shirley Temple smiled and danced her talented way into the nation's heart at a time when there was little hope for prosperity," said Carolyn Mani, Consignment Director at Heritage Auctions.
Like many child stars, Temple's popularity faded as she grew older, and she retired from acting at the age of just 22.
However, her life featured a remarkable second act as she swapped the silver screen for politics in the 1960s.
She became a Representative to the 24th United Nations General Assembly in 1969, served as the U.S Ambassador to both Ghana and Czechoslovakia, and was appointed first female Chief of Protocol of the United States in 1976.
The first part of Temple Black's collection features numerous items of her personal jewelry, led by her 8.43-carat Diamond and Platinum ring, estimated at $75,000.
Further notable lots, all estimated at $10,000, include an Art Deco Diamond, Ruby, Black Onyx, Coral, Platinum bracelet given to her by her childhood co-star and friend Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson; a rare, Tiffany & Co French Turquoise, Enamel, Gold bracelet; and a Ruby, Diamond, Platinum 'Orchestra' bracelet attributed to William Ruser.
The second sale will feature Temple Black's extensive collection of furniture, decorative objects, artwork and personal mementos – from an outstanding Tiffany Studios Nasturtium lamp and shade estimated at $70,000, to the Mahatma Gandhi Humanitarian Award she received in 1988, estimated at $3,000.
"Few people realize that Ambassador Black was a lifelong collector," Mani said. "Her impeccable eye and love of interior decorating resulted in a diverse and extraordinary selection of furnishings either purchased by or given directly to her during her lifetime."
"We are proud to represent Shirley's family and honored to offer a collection of special items spanning her entire life."
Shirley at Home: The Personal Property of Shirley Temple Black takes place in Dallas on December 5-6.
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