The Wizard Of Oz Collectibles And Memorabilia
The Wizard Of Oz Collectibles And Memorabilia are items relating to the classic 1939 Hollywood film 'The Wizard of Oz'
The Wizard of Oz was released in 1939 and is based on a 1900s novel (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz) by L. Frank Baum. Some of the many stars in the film include Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr and Frank Morgan.Brief history/biography
The film was technologically groundbreaking for its time and had some of the highest production costs in a movie during its era. The movie won two Academy Awards including an Academy Award for Best Original Song (for "Over the Rainbow"), and also received nominations for several other Academy Awards as well. The movie also played a role in Judy Garland being awarded with an Academy Juvenile Award for "Best Performances by a Juvenile."
Movie critics often rank the film as being one of the top ten best movies of all time.
Types of memorabilia
Bonhams in Knightsbridge sold Judy Garland's blue cotton pinafore dress for £140,000 in April of 2005.
Guernsey's in New York sold the Wicked Witch of the West's witch hat for $170,000 in March of 2008.
Profiles in History in Calabasas Hills, California sold Ozmite's green felt jacket for $22,500 in June of 2011, as well as the original Meinhardt Raabe coroner hat for $30,000, the original "Winkie" costume for $13,000, and Judy Garland's rehearsal shoe for $11,000 in June of 2010.
In June 2011 the company sold Judy Garland's blue cotton dress from the film for a price of $1,119,300.
Christie's in New York sold a Munchkin waistcoat for $5,040 in June of 2006, Judy Garland's blue cotton pinafore "test" dress for $10,925 in December of 1993, the Cowardly Lion's paw-style shoe for $25,850 in May of 2000, and Judy Garland's "ruby slippers" for $666,000 in May of 2000.
Midwest Auction Galleries, Inc. in Oxford, Missouri sold Judy Gardland's white blouse which she wore in the film for $10,000 in May of 2007.
Profiles in History in Calabasas Hills, California sold an Italian release poster of the film for $10,000 in April of 2009.
Profiles in History in Calabasas Hills, California sold a signed portrait of Judy Garland as Dorothy for $20,000 in August of 2008, and another signed photograph of Judy Garland as Dorothy for $14,000 in June of 2010.
Christie's in New York sold a conceptual set design for the film for $11,163 in May of 2000.
Profiles in History in Calabasas Hills, California sold the Wicked Witch of the West's crystal ball for $126,500 in May of 2011, a "Winkie" spear for $20,000 in August of 2008, a "Winkie" spearhead for $22,500 in June of 2010, and the original "Winkie" guard spear for $32,500 in May of 2011.
Christie's in New York sold the Cowardly Lion's "Witch Remover" for $11,750 in May of 2000.
Christie's in New York sold the original film script as well as a cast list for $10,350 in June of 1998.
Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas sold the original shooting script for the film for $14,000 in April of 2010.
Profiles in History in Calabasas Hills, California sold a copy of the original shooting script for the film for $13,000 in December of 2008.
Christie's in New York sold an 1800s horse-drawn carriage which was used in the film for $40,250 in June of 1995.
Julien's in Beverly Hills sold the Wizard of Oz book which was signed by members of the cast for $14,000 in August of 2004.
Guide for collectors
Memorabilia that was once signed, owned or used by Judy Garland is considered to be the most rare and valuable.
Restoration of an authentic costume or original prop that was used in the movie is not recommended.
For more information regarding where to find Wizard of Oz memorabilia, visit www.beyondtherainbow2oz.com or thewizardofoz.warnerbros.com.
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