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Shirley Temple tap shoes up for bid Dec. 5-6

Not one, but two pairs of tap shoes worn by Shirley Temple Black, during her years as a child star of the silver screen, are among the lots from her childhood and years as a U.S. diplomat headlining a Dec. 5-6 auction at Heritage Auctions.

DALLAS – Personally owned property and never-before-seen keepsakes, including two pairs of tap shoes, cherished by Shirley Temple Black make their debut Dec. 5-6. The items will be presented by Heritage Auctions.

Shirley Temple Black tap shoes

Two pairs of tap shoes worn by Shirley Temple Black as a child. The pair of leather tap shoes may sell for upward of $1,500. (All photos courtesy of Heritage Auctions)

“Shirley Temple smiled and danced her talented way into the nation’s heart at a time when there was little hope for prosperity,” said Carolyn Mani, Consignment Director at Heritage Auctions. “We are proud to represent Shirley’s family and honored to offer a collection of special items spanning her entire life.”

As an actress, singer and dancer, Shirley Temple was Hollywood's number one box-office star from 1935 to 1938. As an adult, Shirley Temple Black served as U.S. Ambassador both to Ghana and to Czechoslovakia, and as the first woman U.S. Chief of Protocol. The property includes not one but two pairs of tap shoes worn by Temple Black as a child. Items are consigned directly from Shirley’s family.

Shirley Temple Black’s property is offered across two auctions. Heritage’s Dec. 5 Jewelry Auction will offer special items from her collection of high-end jewelry, including her 8-carat Diamond, Platinum Ring ($75,000+). As well as an Art Deco Diamond, Ruby, Black Onyx, Coral, Platinum Bracelet, ($10,000+) given to her by her childhood co-star and friend Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. Also offered in the Dec. 5 Jewelry Auction is a rare, French Turquoise, Enamel, Gold Bracelet, Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co. ($10,000+); a Ruby, Diamond, Platinum “Orchestra” Bracelet attributed to William Ruser ($10,000+); and a Marquise-Cut Diamond, Platinum Ring of 2.53 carats, flanked by tapered baguette-cut diamonds, marked Ruser ($10,000+).

Shirley at Home

On Dec. 6, fans and collectors can bid to own items from Shirley at Home. These items include an

Ayres portrait of Shirley Temple Black

Oil on canvas portrait of Shirley Temple, holding the script to her 1945 film "Kiss and Tell." The portrait was painted by Temple Black's cousin and well-known illustrator Robert Temple Ayres.

outstanding Tiffany Studios Nasturtium Lamp and Shade ($70,000+) and many other examples of provenance-rich fine and decorative arts. Among the rarities is a 19th century French Gilt-Bronze Figural Bastille Clock: The Execution of Marie Antoinette. It was give to Shirley as a 21st birthday gift from Harry Luckman ($3,000+).

“Few people realize that Ambassador Black was a lifelong collector,” Mani said. “Her impeccable eye and love of interior decorating resulted in a diverse and extraordinary selection of furnishings either purchased by or given directly to her during her lifetime.”

Included among the home furnishings offered in the Dec. 6 auction are a Cambodian Bronze Head of Buddha with Stand ($400+); a Spanish Baroque Library Table from the early 18th century ($3,000+); a Woven Cane and Rattan Bar Cart, purchased during the 1937 Temple-family vacation to Hawaii ($1,000+); a number of personally-owned items include a Minton Dinnerware Service for 12 with serving platters ($3,000+), a Six-Piece Sanborns Mexican Silver Tea and Coffee Service, circa 1930-1940 ($1,000+); Ten Mexican Colonial-Style Silver Chargers ($3,000+); and a 14th century Umbrian Baroque Carved Walnut Refectory Table with solid provenance from the William Randolph Hearst Collection ($5,000+).

Personal Awards On Offer

A selection of notable awards presented to Shirley includes the 1988 Mahatma Gandhi Humanitarian Award ($3,000); the Second Annual Children's Hall of Fame Award in the form of Dorothy’s Wizard of Oz ruby red-sequined slipper ($1,000); and items related to her being named a Dame of Malta. The items include a proclamation, and her ceremonial Red Cloak and Sword ($2,000).

A selection of other owned and worn outfits and clothing includes her Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award Ensemble ($2,000+), the stunning Pink and Black Gown worn when she accepted her Kennedy Center Honor ($2,000+) and the exquisite, beaded aqua gown Shirley wore to the 1988 American Cinema Awards ($1,000+).

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

A large Oil on Canvas Portrait, painted by cousin Robert Temple Ayres, the noted illustrator, portraying a late-teens Shirley holding the script to her Columbia Pictures’ 1945 movie Kiss and Tell ($3,000+).

A splendid Rène Lalique Cased Opalescent Glass Formose Vase, Wingen-sur-Moder, France, circa 1924 ($2,000+).

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