How much does it cost to click your ruby red slippers together and head home to Kansas?
Try two million smacks.
The famed ruby shoes that Judy Garland wore as Dorothy in the 1939 cinema classic The Wizard Of Oz are expected to fetch at least $2 million when they are sold at an auction this December. These slippers – one of four surviving pairs created for the 1939 film – are marked “#7 Judy Garland” and are reportedly in mint condition, marred only by slight scuffs on the soles. A costume department worker found the shoes on the MGM lot in the early 1970s and they were eventually sold to a private collector at an auction in 1988.
“This is the most important film prop in the world. There is nothing more famous,” Joe Maddalen, who’s curating the auction, tells Reuters. “They are one of the greatest pieces of pop culture in existence.”
The other three ruby slippers are scattered across the United States: One pair is on exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington; another is privately owned; and the third pair was stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids six years ago.