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Wizard of Oz Props, Costumes, Signed Photos and More up for Auction

Judy Garland rehearsal shoe from The Wizard of Oz
Lot 802

(MGM, 1939)  Judy Garland’s right rehearsal shoe, worn in her iconic role as “Dorothy” in The Wizard of Oz.  Garland wore these simple red heels during rehearsals so as to not damage the ruby slippers festooned with bugle beads.  The red taffeta shoe is size 5 ½ and lined with a cream-colored kid leather.  Made by the Innes Shoe Co. of Pasadena and Hollywood, it has a black felt pad on the sole to minimize noise of footsteps on the set.  The shoe has the internal serial number AG 752503 U20 and is handwritten in black ink #2 Judy Garland.  Includes a packet of original crimson/burgundy bugle beads from the production.  Originally acquired from renowned Hollywood collector Kent Warner. 

"This shoe is authentic to MGM Production 1060--The Wizard of Oz.  It was purchased for the production from the Innes Shoe Company of Hollywood & Pasadena and bears the distinctive company label embossed in silver on the instep of the kid leather lining.  The specific shoe type and size was, before beading, the basic foundation of what would become Judy Garland's Ruby Slippers. Multiple pairs were beaded for the production but some would have been held in reserve, in case another pair were needed. I would describe this shoe as a naked ruby slipper." -- Rhys Thomas, author, The Ruby Slippers of Oz. 

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Bert Lahr Rare Photograph Signed in Character as “The Cowardly Lion” from The Wizard of Oz
Lot 179
Rare Photograph Signed in Character as “The Cowardly Lion” from The Wizard of Oz. An official 8 in. x 10 in. black & white M-G-M publicity photograph of Lahr in costume as “The Cowardly Lion” Inscribed in black ink at the upper left, “To Marie – With Sincere wishes Bert Lahr”. Less than a handful of genuine Bert Lahr signed photographs as “The Cowardly Lion” are known to exist. In fine condition.  For estimate and bidding information, click here.


Margaret Hamilton screen-worn Wicked Witch of the West hat from The Wizard of Oz
Lot 805
Courtesy of Jason DeBord and originalpropblog.com.

(M-G-M, 1939)  This Adrian-designed screen worn hat is constructed of black wool bunting fabric and has a wide brim supported by an interior steel hoop.  Measures 20 in diameter with a 13 ½ in. tall cone-shape head piece that is situated with a rear bias making a 6 ½ in wide brim in the front and extending 5 ¼ in. in the rear.  The original black silk scarf is tied around the base of the head piece extending a full 35 in. behind the knot, adding to the evil look of the piece.  An incredible, instantly-recognizable garment from The Wizard of Oz, a film which has literally become a national institution—a masterpiece of set design, costuming, choreography, music, storytelling and sheer imagination.  This hat was originally acquired at the legendary 1970 David Weisz M-G-M auction and comes with copy of the original bill of sale and was later resold December 16, 1988 at Sotheby’s, N.Y.  In March of 2008, a Hamilton Wicked Witch hat used only for the melting sequence sold at auction for $208,000.  This hat was used in all the key sequences in the film.  From 2002 through 2007 this hat was on display at the American Film Institute Showcase Exhibition, “Villains: Movie Characters You Love to Hate” at Disney-MGM Studios, Walt Disney World, Florida.  The importance of this cinematic icon cannot be overstated.  For estimate and bidding information, click here.


Emerald City Prime Minister jeweled gloves from The Wizard of Oz
Lot 803

(MGM, 1939)    Adrian-designed cotton gloves with bright green felt attached gauntlets which feature an ornate design of faux emeralds and diamonds along the outside edge.  Measure a full 23 in. long.  The intricate beadwork is truly impressive and reflects the incredible attention to detail for which MGM was renown.  The lavish crowd scene, in which Dorothy and her friends triumphantly return from having destroyed the Wicked Witch, was not seen in the final cut of the film.  Featured in the book The Wizardry of Oz:  The Artistry and Magic of the 1939 M-G-M Classic by Jay Scarfone and William Stillman. For estimate and bidding information, click here.


Meinhardt Raabe Munchkin Coroner screen-worn hat from The Wizard of Oz
Lot 804

(MGM, 1939)  This Adrian-designed screen worn hat is constructed of purple felt featuring a green headband.  The square brim has distinctive rolled edges; a blue ribbon, which was worn behind the ears, hangs down from the hat.  Brim is 15 in. long and the headpiece stands 4 in. tall with a 7 in. diameter (slightly oval).  Worn by Meinhardt Raabe as the Munchkin Coroner who pronounced the Wicked Witch of the East really most sincerely dead after Dorothy’s house fell on her.  This hat was privately bought before the 1970 M-G-M sale and it comes with a DVD of Mr. Raabe attesting to its authenticity.  For estimate and bidding information, click here.


Winkie Spear head from The Wizard of Oz
Lot 796 

(MGM, 1939)  Cast metal spear head which was wielded by The Winkies, the ominous guards of the Wicked Witch’s castle.  Reminiscent of Adrian’s costume designs for the production, it is quite likely that the prop department created the spear head based on Adrian’s design.  Measures 30 in. tall and housed in a handsome custom-built Lucite display case with black Plexi base, also comes with replica staff.  An impressive artifact from this beloved MGM classic. For estimate and bidding information, click here.

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