Personal Collection Of Shirley Temple Going to Auction

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If you were the type of kid that watched The Little Princess starring Shirley Temple on repeat, you might be into news of the actress’s memorabilia being auctioned off. Costumes worn in some of Temple’s famous films, such as Curly Top and Bright Eyes will be sold, along with other items such as dolls, toys, props, celebrity gifts and other memorabilia. The items were saved by Temple and her family for 80 years. A child-sized racing car, which was a gift to Temple by her frequent co-star, tap dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, will also be available.


A total of 550 items from Temple’s collection will be sold via the Theriault auction house on July 14, reports Vanity Fair. There’s also Temple’s collection of autograph books, one featuring the signature of Franklin D. Roosevelt, who nicknamed the talented tot, “Little Miss Miracle.” He also famously stated during the Depression, “When the spirit of the people is lower than at any other time, it is a splendid thing that for just 15 cents an American can go to a movie and look at the smiling face of a baby and forget his troubles.” As darling as she was, Temple was not removed from bouts of mischief. She once used a slingshot to shoot a pebble at Eleanor Roosevelt’s butt. Those are the kind of child star hijinks that make me smile.

Temple passed away in February of last year at the age of 85.

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Mia Thompson

OH! OH! ME! ME! Can I tell my Shirley Temple story? Of course, I’ve totally screwed up the punchline just by the subject, but here goes: 8 or so years ago, maybe 10, I was in the local market in Woodside, CA. I grew up in the area and I am in my 50s, so I’ve met a lot of people and I am pretty terrible with facial recognition and names. This adorable grandmother was in line in front of me with a shopping cart filled entirely with booze. I looked at her and she looked so familiar. I was thinking, “Where do I know this lady from? She must be the mother or grandmother of one of my old school friends.” She caught me studying her and broke into a huge smile and then — those dimples! OMG, that’s Shirley Temple! She saw the look of recognition on my face, leaned over and said to me, “I’m a big booze hound. Don’t tell the National Enquirer.” I just about fainted from joy. What a doll!