Auction house Christie's will be selling the 24.04 carat fancy yellow diamond that Marilyn Monroe wore as a necklace for the premiere of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
, in 1953. In this movie Marilyn Monroe wore this diamond necklace while singing the film’s signature song, Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend
Get to know the diamond
The diamond was first documented in the 15th century as a part of the Gaekwads of Baroda collection, a ruling family in India. After disappearing for a few centuries the 24.04 pear shaped diamond turned up in the United States in 1926. Prince Ramachandra brought it to the United States and sold it.
The diamond is from the same mine as the Hope Diamond, the famous Galconda mine. Experts have estimated this fancy yellow, VS2 pear-shaped diamond to fetch around $500,000 to $750,000.
‘It’s gorgeous!’ Monroe is said to have gasped when first setting eyes on the stone, which was the largest diamond she ever wore in her lifetime. It was a moment that catapulted the Moon of Baroda to international fame.
Auctioned by Christie's before
It is not the first time this diamond will be going up for auction at Christie's as the pear got auction in New York for $297,000 in 1990.
“After 28 years, it has once again reappeared at Christie’s…only this time, the diamond has been classified as a historical diamond,” the auction house said.
Do you want to view the pear-shaped diamond that is called Moon of Baroda? The diamond necklace will be on preview in Los Angeles from October 16 to 20 before it goes to Hong Kong to be a star at the Magnificent Jewels sale on November 27.
Is the diamond necklace "a bit" above your budget? Christie’s will also be putting up an autographed photo of the actress wearing the diamond. The picture carries a pre-sale estimation of $10,000 to $15,000.