Dorothy’s dress from ‘Wizard of Oz’ sells for a pretty $1.56 million

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‘Wizard of Oz’ Dorothy Dress Fetches $1.56 Million at Auction.

NEW YORK – The blue gingham dress worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz” sold for $1.56 million at an auction in New York on Monday.One of the best-preserved blue gingham Dorothy dresses from the Wizard of Oz sold at auction today as part of Bonhams’ Treasures from the Dream Factory sale conducted in conjunction with Turner Classic Movies.

Described as bearing sweat stains around the neck but in good condition, the costume was believed to be one of only two such pinafores that Garland actually wore on-screen for the classic musical. It was sold to an unidentified buyer bidding by telephone. “But the great pieces should bring a lot of money,” Catherine Williamson, Bonhams’ director of entertainment memorabilia, said after the hammer fell. Just a year ago, the Cowardly Lion costume worn in the movie by actor Bert Lahr, including the sculpted likeness of Lahr’s face, sold for almost $3.1 million at Bonhams.

The same Oz dress was last sold in 2012 at auction for $490,000, after first having been consigned and sold in 1981 by Kent Warner, an MGM costume designer who assisted with the landmark 1970 MGM studio auction. Kent Warner, the costume collector hired to help MGM conduct its legendary 1970 prop and costume catalog (because corporate raider Kirk Kerkorian was trying to milk every dollar out of the studio), cherry-picked many of the best pieces for his personal collection, including this dress and a pair of ruby red slippers. The most expensive item of movie memorabilia clothing was Marilyn Monroe’s ivory pleated “Subway” dress from the 1955 movie The Seven Year Itch, which soared to $5.6 million at auction in California in 2011, while Audrey Hepburn’s Ascot dress from My Fair Lady fetched $3.7 million. The dress was described as: “Comprising a blue and white gingham pinafore with a fitted bodice and a full skirt, two mother-of-pearl buttons on the front and two on the back, with a hook-and-eye closure at the back, bearing a bias label inscribed in script, ‘Judy Garland,’ and a short cream-colored cotton blouse with a high neck, pale blue rickrack trim at the cuffs and neck, hook-and-eye and snap closure at the back, reinforced shoulders, and a bias label inscribed, ‘Judy Garland / 4461’.” Other notable sales included a Steve McQueen racing suit from Le Mans that sold for $425,000, a Rosebud sled gifted to screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz at the conclusion of the filming of Citizen Kane and a Willy Wonka Golden Ticket that went for $35,000.

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