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    Howard Hughes' Fabulous 14 Carat Emerald With Diamonds Ring Gift to Terry Moore Was she or wasn't she? Will we ever know for sure if Howard Hughes secretly married starlet Terry Moore in 1949 on a yacht in international waters off Mexico, never to divorce? Probably not, but the Hughes estate did settle with her for an undisclosed amount in 1984. There is no doubt, however, that Hughes and Moore did have a relationship. Terry Moore was born in Los Angeles in 1929 and appeared in her first film at age eleven. Often cast in "sexpot" roles, she did do some serious acting and was nominated for an Oscar award for Come Back Little Sheba (1952). Offered here is a ring given to Moore by Hughes. A handwritten note of provenance from Moore accompanies the ring. The stunning ring is set in 18K gold with a fabulous 14 carat rectangular-cut emerald surrounded by 24 cut diamonds totaling 5 carats. Breathtaking! Accompanying the ring is a recording on a CD of a lively 1952 five minute conversation between Howard Hughes and Terry Moore. Apparently Mr. Hughes purchased two rings, one to be a birthday gift to a friend named "Lee" (further identification unknown). Lee was to choose which she preferred to keep between the ring shown here and a smaller emerald and sapphire or ruby ring. Mr. Hughes preferred the smaller ring, saying "I like the little one with the cluster of rubies better, because it looks like a little more..." Terry Moore, "If she picks the one with the cluster, could I have the other one?" Howard replied, "That makes it automatic, she is going to pick the one with the cluster." As it turned out, Lee must have picked the smaller cluster ring, since this wonderful ring became Terry's possession. A once-in-a-lifetime offering!

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    June, 2005
    22nd-23rd Wednesday-Thursday
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