The $800,000 price tag is a bargain for Dorothy’s slippers. Several years ago, another pair sold at auction for $2 million. Another pair, found at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, was the subject of a Kickstarter that raised $349,000 to conserve the shoes.
The pair was first displayed at the National Museum of American History in an exhibition called “1939″ (the year “Wizard of Oz” was released). That exhibit ran through 2012, and the shoes are now part of the museum’s permanent “American Stories” collection.
Frank Baum, Dorothy’s magic slippers are silver; for the Technicolor movie, they were changed to ruby red to show up more vividly against the yellow-brick road. One of several pairs used during filming, these size-five shoes are well-worn, suggesting they were Garland’s primary pair for dance sequences.
A pair of red sequined slippers from the classic 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz” has been found , 13 years after they disappeared from a Minnesota museum, law enforcement said Tuesday. The slippers are one of four known pairs that actress Judy Garland wore in her role as Dorothy in the classic film.
As the story goes, “For the movie ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ Judy Garland was paid $35 a week while Toto received $125 a week.”
For example, the first edition copies of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 2010 worth from $3,000 to $50,000 . In 2020 the same books worth between $6,000 to $100,000 and copies signed by the author can sell for over $100,000 . Prices range depending on the condition and points of the book edition.
NO RUBIES : The shoes are made from about a dozen different materials, including wood pulp, silk thread, gelatin, plastic and glass. Most of the ruby color comes from sequins, but the bows of the shoes contain red glass beads. They have felt on the soles to muffle their sound for dance sequences.
In the movie, the slippers represent the little guy’s ability to triumph over powerful forces. As the item that she – a simple teenage farm girl from Kansas – steals from the dictatorial Wicked Witch and ultimately uses to liberate the oppressed people of Oz , they’re nothing less than a symbol of revolution.
These iconic sequined shoes , known as the “traveling pair”—one of at least four pairs used in The Wizard of Oz that are still in existence—were stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota in 2005 and recovered earlier this summer during a sting operation.
Frank Baum’s book “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ,” upon which the movie is based, was a political allegory for American politics at the dawn of the 20th century. Dorothy, the Kansas innocent, represents the nobility of middle (and Midwestern) America; the Tin Man is industry, the Scarecrow is agriculture.
In L. Frank Baum’s original book, the magic slippers are silver ; M.G.M. changed them to ruby red for the movie to take greater advantage of its color cinematography, which was still rare in 1939. The movie shoes had a complicated history even before the 2005 theft.
Although most of us are familiar with the Wicked Witch of the East’s Ruby Slippers from the movie “The Wizard of Oz,” the jeweled shoes worn in ” Wicked ” by Elphaba’s sister Nessarose are silver. Because MGM decided to change the shoes to be red in the film, the rights to that scarlet version belong to them.
The slippers, which were insured for $1 million , may be worth between $2 million and $3 million , John Kelsch, executive director of the Judy Garland Museum, told the Associated Press in 2015.
One pair has been at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History since the men who bought them at the MGM auction donated them in 1979. On the rare occasions that the slippers have been taken off display for conservation, the museum receives angry and desperate calls.
On September 4, 2018, the FBI announced the stolen pair had been recovered after a 13-year search. The very elaborate curled-toe “Arabian” pair was owned by actress and memorabilia preservationist Debbie Reynolds . She acknowledged she got them from Kent Warner.