The famous blue and white gingham dress worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz was sold at auction yesterday for an amazing $1.56 million. The buyer was not identified, but chances are obviously high it was a gay man who shelled out the big bucks.
The dress was expected to bring $800,000 to $1.2M and was described as “bearing sweat stains around the neck.” Apparently, the chance to own Garland’s neck sweat is a premium upgrade. How else can an enterprising gay scientist clone a new Judy without some DNA?
Surprisingly, Garland’s dress is not the most expensive Wizard of Oz memorabilia sold at auction. Bert Lahr’s Cowardly Lion costume brought in a hefty $3.1M last year. Garland’s dress was one of ten made for the movie.
The Smithsonian National Museum of American History owns Dorothy’s ruby slippers. The exhibit is one of the most popular in the museum’s collection.