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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