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Judy Garland Dorothy Dress Sells For $910,000 Record Price
$1,000,000 Over The Rainbow price tag for Oz costume (including buyers premium) Ruby Slippers go for $510,000
The Debbie Reynolds sale of Hollywood costumes set several record prices for items designed for Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Crawford and Audrey Hepburn
The Dress worn by Judy Garland when she played the role of "Dorothy Gale" in the classic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz has just sold for over $1,000,000 including buyers premium, a record price for Oz costume memorabilia. This is the real thing and something that only comes up once in a lifetime. The dress was estimated at a modest $60,000 - $80,000. The $910,000 price is just on the hammer and the total is expected to be 20% on top.
The blue cotton dress with polka dot trim and ivory sheer puff-sleeved blouse was designed by Adrian the chief costumier for the MGM film. The blouse also contains the original blue ribbon neck orniment. No label was sewn into the top but the provenance was impeccable having been acquired by Debbie Reynolds an icon of the golden age of the Hollywood musical from MGM directly in 1970. The matching Blue cotton dress and pinafore with polka dot trim has a Handwritten label "Judy Garland 3955." Worn by Judy Garland as "Dorothy" in the first two weeks of filming in The Wizard of Oz.
The slippers were not the ones used in the filming of the classic musical but a more stylized pair appearing only in the screen test.
Other interesting items include:
Elizabeth Taylor's Velvet Brown racing silks and riding pants from "National Velvet", the MGM, 1944 film has sold for $60,000 plus premium. The silk top bears internal label handwritten in script "Elizabeth Taylor," and trousers bear MGM label "I-133", a maker's label "Made in England Exclusively for Pesterre's Beverly Hills", plus fountain pen mark "B-2 377-1." Worn by Elizabeth Taylor as "Velvet Brown" in National Velvet. Easily one of Miss Taylor's most indelible and iconic costumes from her entire career.
Joan Crawford's "Mildred" waitress uniform from the 1945 Warner Bros. film Mildred Pierce. Has sold for $22,500 The Blue and white checked gingham waitress uniform with ivory collar and cuffs, and simple cloth apron. Bears the internal label "WARNER BROS. PICTURES, INC./ A 18865-638" and "CRAWFORD. J." written in fountain pen on zipper lining. Gingham cleavage insert has been removed. Worn by Joan Crawford as "Mildred" in her first job to support her two girls after her divorce in Mildred Pierce.
The Debbie Renolds collection is valued at 50 million dollars. Reynolds announced in 2004 she would relocate her collection from Las Vegas and Hollywood to Pigeon Forge, Tenn. But Fisher says a museum project there had to file for bankruptcy protection last year and the collection must be sold to satisfy creditors. The auction is taking place live on the internet through Live Auctioneers in Beverly Hills, CA. Read More