Top 10: Wizard of Oz memorabilia
10) The Wizard of Oz original film poster - $19,550
An original poster for the 1939 film sold for $19,550 at Heritage Auctions in July 2004.
9) Emerald city jacket - $22,500
An original Emerald green felt ‘Ozmite’ jacket from the 1939 film sold for $22,500 at Profiles in History in June 2011.
8) Cowardly Lion’s paw - $25,850
The original Cowardly Lion’s shoe paw worn by Bert Lahr in the 1939 film, made from a real African lion’s paw. Sold for $25,850 at Christie’s in May 2000.
7) Winkie guard spear - $32,500
An original Winkie guard spear used in the 1939 film by one of the Wicked Witch’s guards sold at Profiles in History in May 2011.
6) Horse drawn carriage - $40,250
A real civil-war era horse drawn carriage used in the 1939 film, and carries Dorothy and friends into the Emerald City. Sold at Christie’s in June 1995.
5) Wicked Witch crystal ball - $110,000
The Wicked Witch’s crystal ball from the 1939 film sold for $110,000 at Profiles in History in May 2011.
4) The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum first edition - $152,500
Scarce inscribed presentation copy of the first edition of L Frank Baum’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz sold for $152,500 at Christie’s in October 2002.
3) Wicked Witch’s hat - $200,000
The Wicked Witch of the West hat worn by Margaret Hamilton in the 1939 Wizard of Oz film sold for $170,000 at Guernsey’s in 2008, and $200,000 at Profiles in History in 2010.
2) Ruby Slippers - $666,000
It is thought that six or seven pairs of ruby slippers were made for Judy Garland to wear in the film, and five are known to survive.
Auction sales of various pairs include a pair sold for $15,000 in 1970, and another for $165,000 at Christie’s in 1988. A pair sold for $666,000 at Christie’s in 2000.
A test pair owned by Debbie Reynolds sold for $627,300 in May 2011. A pair were offered at Profiles in History with a $2-$3 million estimate, but taken out of the auction to be sold privately to Leonardo DiCaprio, Steven Spielberg and others, so that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences could acquire them.
1) Judy Garland’s blue cotton dress - $1,119,300
The iconic blue cotton pinafore dress worn by Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale in the 1939 movie. Sold from the Debbie Reynolds collection, it fetched $1,119,300 at Profiles in History in June 2011. Another had sold for £120,000 at Bonhams in 2005.
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