'Wizard of Oz' Slippers Expected to Fetch at Least $2 Million at Auction
A pair of "ruby slippers" believed to have been worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz is expected to fetch at least $2 million at auction in December.
The shoes are one of four sets that were created for the actress for the 1939 film. They are marked "#7 July Garland," have leather soles painted red and are described as in mint condition but with light scuffs on the soles, notes Reuters.
The shoes are part of a Hollywood memorabilia collection being held by California's Profiles in History auction house. Owner Joe Maddalena told Reuters he expects bids on the shoes from around the globe, "This is the most important film prop in the world. There is nothing more famous. They are one of the greatest pieces of pop culture in existence."
Garland had four pairs of red slippers duing the filming of Oz: one is on exhibit at the Smithsonian; another is owned by a private collector; and a third was stolen from the Judy Garland museum in Minnesota.
The "crystal ball" used by the Wicked Witch of the West in Oz is also being auctioned by Profiles in History. It is expected to generate between $40,000 and $60,000.
And in yet another auction -- this one of Debbie Reynolds' memorabilia collection -- Garland’s original blue and white gingham test dress with puff-sleeved white blouse from the first two weeks of Oz filming, plus the matching ruby slippers in the “Arabian test” pattern are up for sale.