A 24-carat jewel worn by Marilyn Monroe as she performed the iconic song Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend in the 1950s has been sold for more than £1million.
The Moon of Baroda, unearthed from a mine in India in the 15th century, went under the hammer today at Christie’s in Hong Kong.
The late Hollywood actress wore the canary yellow diamond while promoting the 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend: The Moon of Baroda was worn by Marilyn Monroe while promoting the 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Bling: The yellow 24.04 carat diamond worn by has been sold at auction for £1million
It can be seen around Monroe’s neck on a leather choker in several photographs from the campaign.
‘It’s gorgeous!’ Monroe is said to have gasped when she first laid eyes on the bright yellow diamond.
The Moon of Baroda was originally owned by Indian royalty, after being found in the legendary Golconda mines, the source of the Koh-i-Noor diamond which is part of the British Crown Jewels.
Christie’s, who facilitated the auction in Hong Kong today, says the gem was bought by Samuel H. Deutsch, the president of a distinguished firm of diamond cutters in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1944.
What a gem: A signed photo of Monroe wearing the diamond was also up for auction at Christie’s Hong Kong today
Ancient history: The Moon of Baroda was unearthed from a mine in India in the 15th century
Showing off: Monroe reportedly gasped when she first laid eyes on the diamond, which can be seen around her neck in several photographs from the 1953 promotional campaign
It was sold to a jeweller in Detroit Michigan in 1953, and more than 35 years later, in 1990, it was sold by Christie’s in New York for $297,000 (£233,205).
The buyer at today’s auction has not been revealed.
‘I think the buyer bagged a bargain today,’ said Tobias Kormind, managing director of celebrity jeweller 77Diamonds.com.
‘Hollywood magic and royal associations still bestow a special halo effect on jewellery prices but not always.
‘I expected the necklace for US$2million (£1.57million) given it is a piece of history.’