Oh My! 'Wizard of Oz' Ruby Slippers Set for Auction

09/26/2011 at 12:00 PM ET

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There’s no place like home … a new home, that is, for Dorothy Gale’s iconic ruby slippers. The glimmering red shoes will be auctioned by California’s Profiles in History auction house on Dec. 16 as part of a Hollywood memorabilia sale — and according to Reuters, they’re expected to earn between $2 and $3 million.

“This is the most important film prop in the world. There is nothing more famous,” Profiles in History owner Joe Maddalena tells Reuters. “They are one of the greatest pieces of pop culture in existence.”

These particular slippers are one of four known surviving pairs made for the 1939 film, and were believed to have been worn by Judy Garland. They are marked “#7 Judy Garland,” and are reportedly in perfect condition, save for a few light scuffs on the soles.

A costume department worker found the shoes on the MGM lot in the early 1970s; they were later sold to a private collector during an auction in 1988. The whereabouts of the other three remaining pairs are scattered: one is on exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington; one pair is privately owned; and sadly, the third was stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minn., in 2005.

–Kate Hogan

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Click Your Heels and Cough Up $3 Million For Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers » Wicked! NEWS on

[...] We’re guessing that the Wizard of Oz himself may not have enough dough to bid on Dorothy’s infamous ruby slippers. This December, the one-and-only red glitter shoes from 1939′s The Wizard of Oz will go up for auction. (Not to be confused with Miu Miu glitter booties, but those may cost you a pretty penny, as well.) Believed to have been worn by Judy Garland herself, the shoes are up for grabs as of December 16, as part of a Hollywood Memorabilia sale. The pair was found by a costume-department worker on the MGM lot in the early 1970′s, and in primo-vintage condition to boot. You might need more than a Christmas bonus to afford this piece of cinematic fashion history, as they are expected to fetch between $ 2 and $ 3 million. No, you’re not in Kanas anymore, Dorothy. (People Style Watch) [...]

Lauren on

I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore! Does anyone else think it is a little strange that none of the pairs are in a museum in Kansas?

Carmen Artigas on

There where 6 pairs made for the movie.

Em on

Kansas has nothing to do with wheee the shoes should be. The movie was only set there, nothing actually took place there.

Allison on

It says there are 4 surviving pairs. It doesn’t say there were only 4 pairs made…

smurf on

It’s amazing how sparkly they look in the movie! I never would have guessed they were just sequined, that must have been some intense lighting.

ruby on

I Heard that Lady Gaga received one of the pairs as a birthday present. She must be the one that has the privately owned pair.

Anon on

Judy Garland has been dead for some time….a collector has the privately owned pair I am sure.

Kathryn on

I remember going to the Smithsonian & seeing the slippers when I was in 3rd grade. I was so disappointed when they weren’t sparkly like they were in the movie! I couldn’t understand why shoes that were 55+ years old at that point weren’t in perfect condition.

Linda on

You can buy a fake pair for $29.99 during Halloween season. They look better too.

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