Wizard of Oz Ruby slippers

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2015-06-26 10:35:47

The Wizard of Oz Ruby slippers are a pair of glittery, red, heeled pumps worn by Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) in the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz.

History

The shoes were designed and manufactured by the costume and wardrobe personnel at MGM studios in 1938.

In the original book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, the slippers worn by Dorothy throughout the story are silver coloured instead of ruby. The slippers were red in the film version to take advantage of the new Technicolor technology.

It is not known exactly how many pairs of ruby slippers were made for the film, but it is known that five pairs exist today. However one of these pairs has been missing since 2005 when they were stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

Notable sales

Christie’s New York sold a pair of original ruby slippers on May 24 2000. The shoes sold for $660,000.

In 1988, a pair of ruby slippers were sold by Christie’s for $165,000. The shoes were bought by Anthony Landini who loaned the shoes to Disney World where they were on display at Disney MGM Studios in Orlando, Florida from 1989 until 2000.

In 1970, a pair of ruby slippers was found in the basement of MGM Studios’ wardrobe department. This pair was sold at auction for $15,000 to an anonymous buyer who has not been identified to this day. The buyer donated the shoes to the Smithsonian museum in 1979.

In 2011 it was announced that Lady Gaga's management had presented her with a £25,000 pair of slippers to celebrate her 25th birthday.

In June 2011 the pair of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland during the first two weeks of filming were placed up for sale at a Profiles in History auction of the Debbie Reynolds Collection of Hollywood costumes and props. They were given a pre-sale estimate of $120,000 - $150,000. They sold for a price of $627,300.

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