The silk moiré minidress worn by American actress Sharon Tate at her London wedding to fugitive director Roman Polanski in 1968 sold at auction for almost $77K over the weekend.

Tate, then 24, had gained international attention in 1967’s Valley of the Dolls. Guests at her wedding – with the reception held at The Playboy Club – included figures like Michael Caine, Joan Collins and Candice Bergen.

That dress is, mark my words, definitely haunted. It’s undeniable. The anonymous buyer who decided to drop $76,926 on the deeply ’60s garment is going to rue this day.

If you are not a person who remains deeply fascinated my horrific true crimes/cult leaders like Charles Manson, you might not know why that dress is deffo cursed. Well: Sharon Tate was murdered by the Manson Family in 1969 at her home in Los Angeles, 18 months after her wedding to Polanski.

She was 26 years old and eight months pregnant. Four of her friends who were visiting her at the house – Wojciech FrykowskiAbigail FolgerJay Sebring and Steven Parent – were also killed. On their way out, the Family wrote “PIG” in Tate’s blood on the front door.

Tate’s sister Debra spoke to People back in July about the upcoming auction: “I have been working on this auction for eight months. I think it’s time to share her with other people.

Darren Julien, CEO of Julien’s Auctions in LA, the auction house responsible for the sale, told CNN:

The property from the Estate of Sharon Tate has been the most requested auction catalog in all of Julien’s Auctions’ history. Her wedding dress was one of the most desired items of interest during this weekend’s auction given her storybook romance and marriage to Roman Polanski.

Polanski too has a deeply cooked past – he was shooting a film in Europe at the time of the murders, but the now 85-year-old has been wanted in California since 1978 after pleading guilty to the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl. He fled to Paris to escape imprisonment and has lived there ever since.

Quentin Tarantino‘s 2019 flick Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, starring Margot Robbie as Tate, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Aussie Damon Herriman as Manson, is inspired by the Tate murders.

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Source: Marie Claire
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