Items from the estate of actress Sharon Tate, including the wedding dress she wore when she married director Roman Polanski, are going up for auction this fall.
On August 9, 1969, Tate and four others were murdered by members of Charles Manson’s “Family” in the home she shared with Polanski on Cielo Drive in Los Angeles. At the time of her death, she was eight-and-a-half months pregnant with the couple’s son.
Manson was later arrested in connection with the killings of Tate and eight other people. He was sentenced to life in prison, and died behind bars in November 2017.
Los Angeles–based Julien’s Auctions said on Wednesday said that the sale will begin on November 17, and will include the silk mini-dress that Tate wore for her wedding and a two-toned mini-dress that she wore to the 1968 Cannes film festival. The collection also reportedly includes “ST” monogrammed luggage.
Experts estimate that the wedding dress alone could fetch up to $50,000.
According to SFGate, the auction house has not revealed who currently owns the items. But in August 2017, it was revealed that Jillian Barberie, a friend of Debra Tate, Sharon’s sister, was raising money and holding an auction to raise funds for Debra’s breast cancer treatment.
At the time, Barberie said that there was a possibility that they would put some of Sharon Tate’s dresses through auction to raise more money for Debra’s medical treatment. She explained, “That’s a very big deal for Debra to give up those things of her sister’s because memories last for so long … but if it means taking care of her health, that’s what Sharon would want.”
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Main photo: Sharon Tate Polanski [Wikimedia Commons]