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Shirley Temple's blue diamond ring up for auction

This undated photo provided by Sotheby's shows the 9.54 carat blue diamond ring worn for decades by child star-turned-ambassador Shirley Temple, which is going up for auction on April 19, 2016 by Sotheby's in New York Image copyright AP
Image caption The ring was bought by Temple's father in 1940

A diamond ring that belonged to former child star Shirley Temple is going up for auction next month at a starting price of $25m (£17.3m), Sotheby's says.

The auction house said the 9.54-carat "Fancy Deep Blue" ring was bought by Temple's father in 1940 for $7,210.

Temple, one of Hollywood's most popular stars in the 1930s, died in 2014 at the age of 85.

A private buyer bought the ring from her estate and is now putting it up for auction, Sotheby's said.

It is estimated to be worth up to $35 million.

Temple pursued a career in politics after leaving the entertainment industry, serving as US ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia.

A selection of her belongings, including a dress worn at the 1935 Oscars, has previously been auctioned off by her family.

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Image caption Temple wore the ring as she was sworn in as a UN delegate in 1969
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Image caption America's "Little Princess" charmed audiences during the 1930s Depression

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