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Wizard of Oz Dress Auctions for Nearly Half a Million

Nov 12, 2012 05:56 AM EST by Kristyan Morgan

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Anyone who has watched “The Wizard of Oz” will surely remember Dorothy’s blue and white pinafore. Over the years, as the movie achieved its classic status, the dress too has become iconic since then, costing nearly half a million now.

At a Beverly Hills auction conducted recently, the now-faded blue gingham dress Judy Garland wore in the movie sold for $480,000. However, Julien’s Auctions refrained from identifying the buyer and it is not yet know where the dress will be taken.

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The blue and white pinafore and blouse was designed by Adrian and is one of the only complete costumes of original pinafore and blouse known to exist, the auction house said, adding that the costume fetched the highest price of any item during a two-day auction.

Other “The Wizard of Oz” articles that were sold include a collection of studio and publicity images associated with the movie. These were auctioned off for $33,750, CNN reported.

Just last month, the original Ruby Slippers worn by Judy Garland in the movie was displayed at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

The shoes, which are on loan from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, was reunited with Dorothy's pinafore for the first time since filming finished in 1938.

According to reports, there are only four pairs of the original ruby slippers that are known to exist. While one pair is owned by the Smithsonian, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures acquired another pair last February, according to CNN reports.

Surprisingly, when the fantasy adventure film “The Wizard of Oz” released in 1939 it was not a box office success, though it garnered good reviews from critics.

But over the years, the film has managed to reinvent itself as one of the most popular films in American film history. The film’s unusual characters and its unique storytelling style have captured the hearts of film buffs throughout the years, even inspiring literary figures such as Salman Rushdie, whose first short story was titled “Over the Rainbow,” a popular song from the movie sung by Judy Garland’s Dorothy.

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