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Crystal Harris to auction off engagement ring from Hugh Hefner

September 30, 2011 |  1:32 pm

Hugh Hefner with the bullet he dodged, aka Crystal Harris

Crystal Harris, Hugh Hefner's 25-year-old runaway bride, is putting her 3.39-carat engagement ring up for auction next month.

That would be the engagement ring that Harris tried to give back to Hefner in June after she practically left him at the altar -- a trinket he would not accept, though the 85-year-old was cool with her returning their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Charlie.

Also the same ring Harris took into a La Jolla pawn shop for an appraisal about a week after their wedding was to have taken place, TMZ said.

And, yes, the exact ring that was touted as a $90,000 sparkler when Hef slipped it on Harris' finger last December, now being advertised as "A Diamond Ring" that Christie's expects to unload in October for $20,000 to $30,000.

As anyone who's tried to get their money out of an orphaned engagement diamond knows, that brutal discount sounds juuuuuuuuust about right.

So, yeah, kids: If the piece-of-history, 33.19-carat Elizabeth Taylor diamond is a bit out of reach in the $2.5 million to $3.5 million range, or that auction's December date is simply too long of a wait, Crystal's runaway rock may have your name on it.

It's sort of a piece of history too, right?


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-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: At Hugh Hefner's 85th birthday celebration in Las Vegas in April, Crystal Harris flashes the rock given to her by then-fiancé Hugh Hefner. Credit: Ethan Miller / WireImage