Judy Garland’s lost ‘Wizard of Oz’ dress is up for auction and could fetch $1.2 million
One of Judy Garland’s dresses from the 1939 film ‘The Wizard of Oz’ is set to go up for auction next month.
The iconic blue and white check gingham dress with a white collared top had been missing for decades, but was found in July 2021 at the Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, DC, Fox News Digital has previously reported.
Now that it has been rediscovered, the dress will be auctioned in Los Angeles on May 24 as part of the “Bonhams Classic Hollywood: Film and Television” sale, according to a press release from the AUC.
Proceeds from the sale of the dress – valued at between $800,000 and $1.2 million by auctioneer Bonhams – will help establish a new film program at the Benjamin School of Music, Theater and Art T. Rome of the AUC, according to the release.
The dress is said to be one of only two dresses from “The Wizard of Oz” that still has the original white blouse, and one of only four blue and white pinafore dresses from the movie that exist, according to Bonhams.
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The dress up for auction next month matches the scene in which Dorothy confronts the Wicked Witch of the West in her castle, according to the AUC press release.
“Major costumes from this iconic film rarely appear on the auction market and to be able to identify the scene in which it was worn by Judy Garland is thrilling,” said Helen Hall, director of popular culture at Bonhams in Los Angeles, in a statement. .
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The other dress with the original white blouse was sold by Bonhams in 2015 for more than $1.5 million, according to the press release.
“The discovery of this historic dress was a momentous moment for The Catholic University of America and we are proud to present it at auction, so that the next collector can own a piece of history,” said Jacqueline J. Leary. -Warsaw, Dean of the School of Rome. , said in a statement.
“While parting with this dress is bittersweet, the proceeds will help support the training of future generations for professional careers in theatre,” Leary-Warsaw added. “The funding may help prepare the next Mercedes McCambridge or Judy Garland.”
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Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Mercedes McCambridge donated Garland’s dress to the head of the university’s drama department, Father Gilbert Hartke in 1973 when McCambridge was artist-in-residence, according to the press release.
However, the dress went missing in the late 1980s and wasn’t found until last July when university staff were planning the renovation of the Hartke Theater.
Fox News Digital reported in July that the dress found by CUA even had a handwritten tag with Garland’s first and last name.
Fox News Digital’s Cortney Moore contributed to this report.