Actress Kim Basinger will auction off her 3.7-carat diamond engagement ring from ex-husband Alec Baldwin and other jewelry next week to raise money for retired circus animals, Christie’s said Wednesday.
The ring, a simple but elegant bauble in a modern Tiffany setting, was put on display with the other jewels on Wednesday and is expected to fetch between $30,000 and $40,000.
Christie’s estimated that the 11 pieces of jewelry on offer could raise $100,000 for The Performing Animal Welfare Society, a California group that runs a refuge for abused, retired and surplus elephants, lions, bears and other captive wildlife.
The sale also includes an $8,000 to $10,000 multi-gem necklace with a butterfly motif that was another gift from Baldwin, whose nine-year marriage to Basinger ended in 2002.
The other most noteworthy item is a diamond bracelet in the Art Deco style, estimated to be worth $25,000 to $35,000.
The least expensive item offered by Academy Award winner Basinger, a long-time animal rights activist, is a pair of gold Cartier earrings, valued at $800 to $1,200.