A dress 6-year-old Shirley Temple wore in 1934 just sold for $75,000.
Yes, you read that right.
More than 550 items from Temple’s childhood, dating from 1928 to 1940, were up for auction Tuesday in Kansas City. It included hundreds of dolls and toys, as well as 100 of Temple’s film costumes. Maryland-based Theriault’s auction house, which runs 70 percent of the global auction market for dolls, organized the auction on behalf of Temple’s estate.
Fans of the child star had the chance to see pieces on Monday, when they went on display for the first time at the Little Theatre adjacent to Municipal Auditorium. About 400 to 500 people were expected to attend the auction, and people all over the world could bid online in real time.
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When Shirley Temple Black died in February 2014 at the age of 85, she left instructions that her childhood items be placed in museums and on auction. During her 30-year career, she starred in more than 80 films and was the youngest person to be honored with a special Oscar. As an adult, the Republican served in the United Nations General Assembly and later became U.S. ambassador to Ghana.
Here are some of the top items sold so far at the “Love, Shirley Temple” auction:
▪ The iconic red polka dot dress from the 1934 movie “Stand Up and Cheer” sold for $75,000. The dress started at $20,000.
▪ The dance costume from 1934 movie “Baby Take a Bow” sold for $52,000. The dress started at $14,000.
▪ Temple’s baby grand Steinway piano, which included a personal inscription from Steinway, sold for $45,000. The piano started at $30,000.
▪ Temple’s child-size gas-powered tether racing car sold for $34,000. The car started at $10,000.
▪ An “In Our Little Wooden Shoes” costume from the 1937 film “Heidi” sold for $27,000. The dress started at $20,000.