The engagement ring actress Sharon Tate was wearing when she was butchered by Charles Manson’s psycho posse is going on the online auction block.
Bidding for the oval opal ring given to Tate by filmmaker Roman Polanski will start at $10,000.
“Who knows where the bidding will end up. She was so beautiful and innocent, and very popular,” said Pete Siegel of the midtown auctionhouse Gotta Have It! Collectibles.
Besides belonging to a big-screen bombshell, the ring is a macabre memento of one of the most twisted crimes in Hollywood history.
“It’s a great item of Hollywood collectibles,” said Siegel, adding that an autographed photo of Tate sold earlier this year for $13,000.
The auction will start on Nov. 30 on the web site Gottahaverockandroll.com and runs through Dec. 9.
Polanski gave Tate the four-karat opal stone — which is surrounded by garnet gems — in 1967, a year before they wed in London.
Tate — star of the 1967 film “Valley of the Dolls” — was eight months pregnant when Manson sent his brainwashed disciples to her Los Angeles hills home on Aug. 8, 1969, to kill her.
Despite pleading for her life, she was stabbed 16 times. Two of Tate’s friends were also murdered.
Tate was wearing the ring when she was killed, said Siegel. Polanski removed it from her finger when he went to identify her body at the L.A. County morgue.
Polanski gave the ring to a friend, who eventually sold it to pay off a debt, Siegel said. The current owner of the ring wishes to remain anonymous.
Other auction items will feature Michael Jackson’s hair, sketches and notes, as well as a beaded and sequined evening dress worn by Princess Diana.
Bernie Madoff’s birth certificate with his newborn footprints is also expected to fetch big bucks. Bidding for the imprisoned Ponzi king’s birth certificate will start at $5,000.