Judy Garland’s “Wizard Of Oz” Dress Up For Auction

The dress Judy Garland wore in the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz  is going on the auction block next month in Beverly Hills.

Celebrity auctioneer Darren Julian said the dress could sell for as much as half a million dollars. Though there were identical dresses made for the movie, this was the only one to appear on screen and is the only complete dress to survive.

The dress will go on display at the Stafford Hotel in London then at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills from November 5-8 prior to the auction on November 9 and 10.

Last year, one of the last four remaining pairs of ruby slippers was put up for auction for $2 million though they failed to sell. Then earlier this year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences acquired the shoes for its Academy Museum.

The Academy was able to purchase the slippers with the help of Leonardo DiCaprio, a friend of Dorothy’s if there ever was one.

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  • Taliaferro

    This is interesting. Once, in 1987, I met the collector who owned the dress at that time. I held it in my hands and examined it. Stars had hooks and eyes or buttons on their clothes – extras got zippers. It was an interesting experience and I was able to see many costumes used in movies. I am grateful that there are collectors who care enough to preserve these items. I wonder what happened to the fan Vanessa Redgrave used in Camelot. The wooden handle was from Sherwook forest and the blade embroidered silk guase. She used in in the, “It’s May,” song.

  • hyhybt

    “Last four remaining pairs” implies that the number is shrinking. What’s happening to them?

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