Marilyn Monroe’s 24-Karat Yellow Diamond Necklace Goes On Auction

The star briefly owned the necklace and wore it to the premiere of the 1953 film, "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes."

Marilyn Monroe
American film star Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962). (Baron/Getty Images)
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A necklace briefly owned by Marilyn Monroe is going up for auction at Christie’s on Nov. 27. The 24.04-karat canary yellow diamond was worn by the star during the premiere of the 1953 film, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. 

The diamond is said to have been pulled from the Golconda mine outside Hyderabad in ancient India. It was owned by the Gaekwads of Baroda, a ruling family, until the 15th century, writes Luxury Launches. The “Moon of Baroda,” as it is called, then made its way to Meyer Rosenbaum, who loaned it to Monroe for the opening of the film. It was last auctioned by Christie’s for $297,000 in New York, but then it disappeared for a decade.

The auction house states, “After 28 years, it (The Moon of Baroda) has again reappeared at Christie’s … only this time, the diamond has been classified as a historical diamond,” according to Luxury Launches. 

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