A 9.54-carat fancy deep blue diamond once owned by entertainer and diplomat Shirley Temple failed to sell at Sotheby’s auction in New York.
The diamond is "an exceptional stone in quality, rarity and provenance," Sotheby’s said in a statement. "Unfortunately, tonight wasn't its night in the salesroom, but we remain fully confident that it will find a buyer."
The gem, estimated at $25 million to $35 million, led the Magnificent Jewels sale, which fetched $29.9 million in total, with 71 percent sold by lot. The highest selling price was $4.6 million for a fancy purplish pink diamond ring weighing 12.45 carats. A “magnificent” platinum and 19.25-carat diamond ring sold for $2.3 million.