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Sharon Tate

Engagement Ring Sells

for $21,000

12/13/2011 9:59 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Sharon Tate Engagement Ring
An engagement ring Roman Polanski gave to Sharon Tate before she was murdered by the Manson family in 1969 has been auctioned off ... and TMZ has learned it raked in more than $21k.

The ring was surrounded in controversy -- with Tate's sister insisting it wasn't Sharon's "official" engagement ring -- but rather an "unofficial symbol of her relationship" with Polanski.

The auction house later produced a letter signed by Polanski, contradicting Tate's sister.

The controversy didn't seem to matter when the ring hit the block at the GottaHaveRockandRoll.com auction -- because the item sold for $21,260 ... well over the $10,000 starting bid.

So far, the identity of the big winner has not been revealed.

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1.

Jennyy    

Who cares

1046 days ago
2.

jerry    

I agree taht it is a real big "celebrity" breaking news but don't be so damn ignorant the lady was butchered to death you heartless bitch.

1046 days ago
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Gee Man    

Didn't Harvey predict mega bucks?

1046 days ago
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janet    

The sad part is she was never the target of Manson. It was actress Doris Day's son Terry Melcher who was renting the house before Sharon Tate. Melcher had moved out and Tate moved in. Manson didn't know that. Got mad Melcher was gone and kill everyone in the house. They did Sharon Tate 8 months pregnant.

1046 days ago
5.

AlohaBill    

Hello, My name is Squeaky Fromme. I want that ring. Charlie said it was mine dammit!

1046 days ago
6.

Kay    

The auction site said it sold for $17,7xx.xxx

1046 days ago
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ANDERSON H8TURD, V.P.    

I bet you it was Linds who bought it. What's 20k to a big earner like her? Linds does 20k up one side on any given night. Tomorrow she'll forget she even bought it.

1046 days ago
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Rhubino    

I am a little curious as to who would buy this - a collector of Polanski stuff, of Manson stuff, of crazy dark Hollywood stuff?

1046 days ago
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jason    

I have yet to see a Hollywood actress with a face and bod combination that can compete with Tate's. The woman was extremely sexy!

1046 days ago
10.

crimsons    

THAT cheap POS is all Polanski got her? He really is a jerk.

1046 days ago
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the sea    

Was it Jillian Barberie who bought it? She has an obsession with Sharon Tate, and even tries to look like her.

1046 days ago
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Jenzino    

Sorry to inform you but that is not the correct total for the ring. I was involved in the auction and it sold for under the 20K mark.

1046 days ago
13.

KnuckleDragger    

Call me blind...but that just doesn't look like a "ring" to me.

1046 days ago
14.

Jackie    

Ugly ring...though pretty woman.

1046 days ago
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Vinsetta    

Remember when Lohan thought she could portray Sharon in the Manson girls flick? What a complete insult to Sharon. Lindsay has nowhere the beauty of her. Add that to the long list of things sticky finger Lohan should be ashamed of.

1046 days ago
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