Trump-Maples diamond ring fetches $300K at auction
Birmingham-based jewelry auctioneer Joseph DuMouchelle has sold the 7.45 carat diamond engagement ring GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump once gave his second wife, actress and TV personality Marla Maples.
The giant rock sold for $300,000 to an anonymous bidder at an auction Wednesday at New York City’s Lotte Palace Hotel.
This is second time the emerald-cut diamond designed by Harry Winston has been on the auction block. The ring was originally sold in 2000 for $110,000 following the couple’s divorce in 1999. Maples had DuMouchelle handle the first auction.
The American couple who bought the ring before asked the same auctioneer, DuMouchelle, to sell it.
While the online auction was overseen by DuMouchelle’s New York office, he previously told The News there is a market in Michigan for high-priced items.
“There are so many people from all over that live in this area that are looking for unique items such as this one,” he said. “The good thing about the auction is that it gives people the opportunity to bid without feeling like they have to be in New York or Los Angeles.”
Trump and Maples were married in 1993 in a lavish ceremony at The Plaza hotel.
Associated Press contributed