The photo taken of Ms. Monroe wearing the diamond became famous as well. A copy of the shot, with a handwritten message from the actress, stating “Thanks for the chance to wear the Moon of Baroda,” will be offered together with the stone in Hong Kong.
IS THE DIAMOND CURSED?
It’s worth noting that the diamond is said the carry a curse that strikes every time the gem travels overseas. Its 18th Century stay in Europe ended with the death of Empress Marie Thérèse, and some say that Ms. Monroe’s career faltered after she wore it in 1953.
When the Moon of Baroda was auctioned for the first time at Christie’s in New York in 1990 it was bought for $297,000. The Marilyn Monroe legend was then said to have been the the factor that effectively tripled its low estimate.
This time the pre-sale estimate is $500,000 to $750,000, and it is interesting to see whether Marilyn’s magic will work once again. It may, considering that the autographed picture of the actress wearing the diamond by itself carries a pre-sale valuation of $10,000 to $15,000.