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Judy Garland’s ‘Oz’ Dress Might Sell For Half A Million

Submitted by on October 8, 2012 – 1:00 pm Comments

If anything to do with ‘The Wizard Of Oz’ is on sale in an auction today, one can be rest assured it would fetch a tidy sum. Especially, if it’s anything to do with Dorothy, the character played by Judy Garland in the movie. Besides being the main protagonist in the film, the character of Dorothy is probably one of the most loved characters in movie history.

Also, her white puff-sleeve blouse and blue gingham pinafore has inspired countless Halloween costumes since the film was released in 1939. So you can imagine the amount of money that would be fetched by the original costume worn by Dorothy herself, in the movie. Well, even if you aren’t able to put a price to your imagination, surely half a million dollars for the costume wouldn’t sound too much to you would it? It doesn’t really matter even if it does, because the costume is touted to fetch that much when it hits the auction block next month.

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Celebrity auctioneer Darren Julien too on his part has confirmed that, the costume should fetch something around that mark. Although several identical dresses were made for the production, the dress to be sold is the only version seen in the film and the only complete original dress to survive. It naturally makes the costume even more special.

For the uninitiated, ‘The Wizard Of Oz’ is centered around a girl named Dorothy Gale, who is swept away to a magical land in a tornado and embarks on a quest to see the Wizard who can help her return home. On her way she meets a Scarecrow who needs a brain, a Tin Man who wants a heart, and a Cowardly Lion who desperately needs courage. They all hope the Wizard of Oz will help them, before the Wicked Witch of the West catches up with them. Coming back to the outfit, it will be on display at London’s Stafford Hotel from Tuesday, before it’s exhibited at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, Calif., Nov. 5-9, prior to the auction Nov. 9-10. So any of you who are interested in giving it one last look or even buying it, you know where to go.

Nigel Owen

Nigel is a graduate from Birmingham University, Nigel has worked for about 8 years in the banking industry, until one day he discovered his passion for writing. It basically gives him the opportunity to enlighten himself about subjects and things that he normally might not come across.

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