If you ever used to look at your Barbie doll and wish she could have a more glamorous wardrobe, you’re not alone. Last night – at Sotheby’s eagerly anticipated Magnificent Jewels sale – a pair of platinum and diamond Barbie shoes, made by jeweler Harry Winston, sold for $12,500.
The pavé-set slippers, set with round diamonds and weighing 2.89 carats, sold for double their estimated value, which was $5,000 — $7,000. Somebody really wanted to dress their doll in diamonds.
What failed to sell however, was the most famous lot of the auction – the Shirley Temple Blue Diamond. The cushion-cut Fancy Blue Diamond, surrounded by diamonds and set in platinum was estimated to sell between $25 to $35 million. According to Town & Country, bids on the ring reached a respectable $22 million but that still wasn’t enough to reach the low estimate of $25 million and so the bling went unsold.