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Rare photo of Manson family cult murder victim, Sharon Tate, up for auction

Sharon Tate publicity photo
Sharon Tate publicity photo
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Rare photo of Manson family cult murder victim, Sharon Tate, up for auction

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On September 2, 2011, R.R. Auction reported they’ve placed a rare, yet beautiful photo of Sharon Tate up for auction. Tate is known for her work in the film Valley of the Dolls as well as for her marriage to Rosemary’s Baby director Roman Polanski. Tate was brutally murdered on August 9, 1969 when she was 8 ½ months pregnant with the couple’s first child. Under Charles Manson’s orders, Patricia Krenwinkle, Charles “Tex” Watson, Susan Denise Atkins, and Leslie Van Houten were convicted of the murders of Sharon Tate, her son, Paul Richard Polanski, Abigail Folger, Voytek Frykowski, Jay Sebring and Steve Parent.

Though Charles Manson was not accused of physically participating in the Tate murders, he was found guilty of murder in the first degree for his role in orchestrating the crime.

The brutality in which the Manson family executed upon their victims (including the LaBianca couple); has horrified the public for decades. Sharon Tate is revered for her beauty and to this day, she remains one of the most beautiful women to have graced the silver screen.

The photo of Sharon Tate was autographed and states “Por Pier, All My Very Best, Sharon Tate.” The photo was captured when Tate was filming her first movie role, “Eye of the Devil.” Over the years, many have remarked on how Tate’s role in the film centered on witchcraft, the occult, and ritual sacrifice. Due to the theme of the movie and the horrific way in which she died, it can’t go without notice that Tate’s life encompassed evil in the beginning of her film career and in her death. According to the book: Raising the devil: Satanism, new religions and the media by Bill Ellis (p. 157) there was great speculation that when Tate filmed “Eye of the Devil” she worked with black magic practitioner Alex Sanders who initiated her into Wicca.

“Those who wished to see what a Black Mass was like, however, needed only to head to the nearest cinema, where a number of British studios were producing sensational B films on satanic themes. Among the first of these was a film variously titled 13 or Eye of the Devil (1965), a Wheatleyesque story of an evil black magic ring. To ensure an accurate portrayal of satanic activities, ex-black-magician Alex Sanders was called in as a consultant on the film, and gossip held that he had used the opportunity to introduce the lead actress, Sharon Tate to the occult. Indeed, some went so far as to allege that he had initiated her into Wicca, after which she visited “some of those English shops that specialized in old occult books. She purchased several volumes.” Raising the devil: Satanism, new religions and the media by Bill Ellis (p. 157

You may read an in-depth article about Sharon Tate and her career at The Pink Smoke: Murdered Actress Sharon Tate

You may see the photo up for auction at the R.R. site here