A collection of intimate items belonging to the late actor Sharon Tate is set to be exhibited in Ireland, it has been confirmed.
The Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge, Co Kildare, Ireland, will host Tate’s personal items before they are auctioned off as the 50th anniversary of her death closes in. Tate, who was infamously one of four people murdered in her home by Charles Manson’s followers in 1969, was married to film director Roman Polanski and was tragically eight-and-a-half months pregnant at the time of her death.
Roman Polanski gave away all of his possessions after the murders, unable to bear any reminders of the period that he called “the happiest I ever was in my life.” However, the rest of Tate’s belongings were collected by her father, before being passed on to her sister Debra who was 15 at the time of the murders.
Debra, who has faced great difficulty in keeping Tate’s belongings safe for such a long period of time, has now decided to part ways with them. First, going on show in Ireland, then they’ll be sold at auction in Los Angeles.
With varied items up for sale which include things from teapots to mini dresses, all eyes will be on Tate’s wedding dress which is being lined up to sell for in excess of $25,000. “Of course I told [Roman] what I was doing out of courtesy, but every time he sees these things it’s painful for him to this day,” Debra told The Guardian. “I wanted to give a flavour of the person behind the scenes and that is why I put in almost everything,” she added.
All the items were collected from Tate and Polankski’s home in Cielo Drive in Los Angeles and will be sold at Julien’s Auctions in November. Speaking about the sale, the auction house’s director, Martin Nolan, said: “We’ve had more catalogue orders for this auction than any other auction we’ve done outside Michael Jackson.”