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The blue gingham dress that Dorothy Gale wore on her journey to Oz was sold to the highest bidder last weekend at Julien's Auctions Beverly Hills Gallery.

An unnamed Judy Garland fetishist forked over $480,000 — minus $143 for Martinizing and the removal of tobacco, liquor, and Toto stains. The shmate was reportedly also worn by the second Mr. Garland, Vincente Minnelli, on their wedding night.

According to THR, "Another version of Garland’s Oz dress, which was blue and cotton, fetched $910,000 in June 2011 at the Profiles in History auction in Calabasas, Calif. The actress wore that dress during the first two weeks of filming for the 1939 classic."

Mickey Rooney was unavailable for comment.


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Colonna Nov. 12, 2012 @ 6:03 p.m.


Wonder what the remaining Munchkins' reaction was to the auction. Too busy trying to eat hot dogs I'd reckon.


SurfPuppy619 Nov. 13, 2012 @ 12:34 a.m.

They sold a pair of the Ruby Red slippers (7 total, one pair stolen while on display and still missing) at a memorabilia auction a few months back, I think they went for $400K.........


tomjohnston Nov. 13, 2012 @ 10:45 a.m.

Those were sold at Debbie Reynolds' auction last summer. She had a HUGE collection of Hollywood memorabilia. Marilyn Monroe’s dress from The Seven Year Itch went for something like $4.5 million. There are actually only four pairs known to still exist. One pair, as you pointed out, was stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, 6 or 8 yrs ago, probably an inside job contracted by a collector. Another pair is in the Smithsonian. I believe the pair at Debbie Reynolds' auction, which ended up going for over $500k, are in a private collection. And the 4th pair was bought by AMPAS earlier this year. They will eventually go on display in a museum that AMPAS is working on with the LACMA.


SurfPuppy619 Nov. 13, 2012 @ 12:23 p.m.

No, the pair I was thinking of were not the pair sold by Debbie Reyolds, in fact I never even knew she had a pair! Debbie Reynolds collection was priceless, too bad she had to sell it off.



tomjohnston Nov. 15, 2012 @ 9:03 a.m.

My bad. It was your $400k comment that thru me off. The pair of slippers you are referring to are the ones I mentioned above as being bought by AMPAS for the LACMA. However, no amount has been given for their purchase. They were supposed to be have been sold at auction last December with a pre-sale estimate of $2 million to $3 million, but they weren't sold. A group of investors, including Leo DiCaprio and Steven Spielberg helped gather enough donations to fund their purchase in February. The only thing said about how much was paid is that they were “very, very valuable.” Probably didn't even make the news in SD, but obviously, in LA it was pretty widely reported. http://www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/00048108.html


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