Lot 949: Sharon Tate

RR Auction

2015-07-27 11:44:42

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Lot 949: American actress (born 1943) and wife of director Roman Polanski who was murdered by the Manson Family in 1969. Rare ALS signed "Roman & Sharon," one page, 8.25 x 11, floral stationery letterhead, no date but postmarked March 7, 1968. Letter to Anna Willoughby, in full: "Sorry I didn't get to chat with you—but the reception was so packed—I couldn't even find Roman. Thank you so much for the mugs—I want you to know those are the only 2 cups we have in the house! We should be on our way back in a month or so—we hope to see you then." In fine condition, with trivial toning to expected mailing folds. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope addressed in Tate's own hand, and a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA. Tate and Polanski were married in January of 1968, and followed the ceremony with a star-studded reception at the Playboy Club, where Hefner's bunnies served champagne to the likes of Joan Collins, Michael Caine, James Fox, and John Mills. This letter's recipient, dancer Anna Willoughby, would later appear in Polanski's film adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth—a gory 1970 retelling created as he dealt with the murder of his beloved bride. A scarce letter penned just two months after the highly publicized marriage—and only a year before her tragic end at the hands of the Manson Family. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458 Wednesday, 12th August 2015 Estimate: $3000-4000
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