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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Cheryl K on

This is my favorite film. I would love to just slip my tiny size 4 foot into one of these pair of shoes & just walk around my house & do a few lttle dance steps. And yes the very worn pair in the Smithsonian are disappointing but just think of their history. I hope this near perfect pair are put on display somewhere – maybe over the rainbow?

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there were more than 7 pairs, some are in private hands that have never been made public.

Also Judy Garland didn’t wear these ones, they were the witches shoes, the name on the inside of the shoes was written in by Kent Warner in the 1970’s to make them more valuable. If you study kents writing it is identical to that written in the shoes. The circular scuff marks were also added by him.

Beth on

The toes are all scuffed and the right heel has threads sticking out . Perfect condition ? think not.

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