A pair of diamond encrusted Barbie shoes just sold for $12.5K

Pair of Platinum and Diamond Slippers, Harry Winston [Sotheby's]
Pair of Platinum and Diamond Slippers, Harry Winston

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. 

The Shirley Temple Blue Diamond
The Shirley Temple Blue Diamond

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.