Judy Garland’s 'Wizard of Oz' Dress Fetches $480,000 at Auction
Other items sold included John Belushi's "Blues Brothers" sunglasses and a skirt worn by Marilyn Monroe during the filming of "River of No Return."
The amount of $480,000 is a pretty penny to pay for a secondhand dress worn by a Kansas farm girl, but this one is pretty special.
The famed blue gingham dress worn by Judy Garland’s Dorthy Gale in The Wizard of Oz fetched that price during a two-day event at Julien’s Auctions Beverly Hills Gallery that featured bids coming in by phone from throughout the world.
Garland’s dress wasn’t the only iconic costume sold. The dress Julie Andrews wore in The Sound of Music brought $38,400, and a purple skirt worn by Marilyn Monroe during the Canadian filming of River of No Return sold for $50,000. Other Hollywood memorabilia auctioned included Steve McQueen’s racing jacket, which went for $50,000, and John Belushi's sunglasses from The Blues Brothers, which brought in $16,640.
The Wizard of Oz key book, continuity and publicity images were sold for $33,750, while glasses worn by Johnny Depp in Dark Shadows brought in $3,250.
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 on the 1939 classic.