According to the cbc.ca website, the costume sold for $705,00 US, but either figure is quite a steep price to pay, although worthy of this historic and nostalgic costume! A blue-and-white gingham dress worn by Garland in The Wizard Of Oz fetched £140,000 at an auction in London in 2005. The scarecrow outfit from the movie is on display in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington D.C., while the tin man costume was unfortunately destroyed.
I have personally seen one of the pairs of Dorothy's red slippers on display at MGM Studios in Orlando. The Wizard of Oz movie is a world wide classic and one of my all time favorites. My earliest memories of the movie are watching it at my grandparents house one night while eating a snack of apples and nuts with my grandpa. I must have been only about 3 years old at the time as it predates my little brother. I am sure many of you have similar memories of classic movies shared with your families.
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Crediting for picture used on CBC.ca website: A scene from 1939's The Wizard of Oz features, from left, Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion, Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow, Judy Garland as Dorothy and Jack Haley as the Tin Man. (Warner Bros./ Associated Press)