Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Ring a Ding
This ring over at ebay is causing all kinds of a ruckus in fandom. People think it belongs to Debra Tate. People think it is fake. People think it is tacky. People are running around like a chicken with their head cut off. Okay Paige Somebody is.
According to all known sources, Polanski left Sharon's estate to Col (not me) Paul Tate. He wanted nothing to do with any of it. Theoretically, this means that all tangible and intangible property that constituted Sharon's Estate went to her father.
[ Side note- the INTANGIBLE part is extremely important because this includes her name and likeness. If not for that aspect of the waiver by Polanski, POLANSKI would own Sharon's likeness for merchandise, not Debra. For those who care.]
However, this would NOT apply to any keepsakes or goods that Polanski personally distributed to friends or associates BEFORE because legally they were disposed of by him BEFORE the final disposition of the estate to the Tates. If Polanski gave the ring, as it seems, to his Polish producing buddy, then it belongs to him to do with as he wished.
In any case, calling France and shit makes NO sense. The Estate was executed in 1969/1970 and the time to calling into question missing property is LONG over. You can't know say "Oh shit I was looking for that ring for 35 years" especially if you weren't.
THE REAL PROBLEM as this Col sees it is that the ring clearly does have a value of anywhere from $10,000 to $25,000. If Gutowski gave it to his wife Judy, fine. But if Judy GAVE it to Suzanna Leigh for reasons unknown, that GIFT would have to be registered with the IRS because of the sheer size of the value. This would make the ring's provenance easy to trace, not some bullshit letters.
The ring, like the mega collection of documents, clearly will NOT sell.
Let's see what happens next.