Would You Want to Own Sharon Tate’s Engagement Ring?
Weird news of the day: A ring purported to be Sharon Tate’s engagement ring—the one that was taken from her finger when she died—is up for auction.
Today appears to be a day for interesting auctions—first Colin Firth, and now this: Sharon Tate’s engagement ring. You know, the one that Roman Polanski gave her. The one that she was allegedly wearing when Charles Manson murdered her in 1969. Weird? Weird.
Sharon’s ring popped up on celebrity auction website GottaHaveRockAndRoll.com yesterday with the following image and description:
“This is actress Sharon Tate’s engagement ring, given to her by fiancee Roman Polanski, the famed director. After Sharon’s tragic murder in 1969, known as the Tate-LaBianca Murders, by the infamous Manson Family, Roman gave away some of her personal effects to her intimate group of friends. Her engagement ring was one of these personal items. Roman had given Sharon the ring in 1967, two years prior to her death and since it was her engagement ring she was most likely wearing the ring on the day of her murder. Comes with a signed letter of provenance and a Gotta Have Rock & Roll™ Certificate of Authenticity. For further information and condition please contact Gotta Have Rock and Roll at 800-950-1202 or 212-750-7900.”
The ring appears to consist of a large teardrop-shaped opal surrounded by red stones (Garnets? Rubies?) and set in gold. The auction isn’t open yet; however, when it does open on November 30, the minimum starting bid will be $10,000.00. Quite a pretty penny to pay for such a tragic souvenir.
Interestingly, though, it’s also possible that this particular ring was neither an “official” engagement ring, nor taken off of Sharon Tate’s hand after her death. TMZ reported that Sharon’s sister, Debra, wants to set the record straight. According to Debra, Sharon gave this particular ring away to a family friend long before her 1969 murder. Debra also stated that it was an “unofficial symbol of [Sharon’s] relationship” with Roman Polanski. “The ring was not Sharon’s style and she never wore it,” Debra said. Later on, Polanski did give Sharon an official engagement ring, but according to her sister, it was a gold and diamond band, not the one up for auction (which, by the way, looks like an opal, but I could be wrong). Debra’s final claim? That Sharon wasn’t wearing any rings at the time of her death. “Because Sharon was pregnant,” she said, “she couldn’t fit any rings on her finger.”
TMZ tried to get in touch with GottaHaveRockAndRoll, but haven’t heard back yet. Hmmm…
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.