“Wizard of Oz” Slippers Expected to Pull In $2M

By Beth Stebner
|  Friday, Sep 23, 2011  |  Updated 12:09 PM PDT
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There's no place like home! A pair of the iconic ruby red slippers from "The Wizard of Oz" is going up for auction with an estimated price of $2 - $3 million.

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While Carrie Bradshaw may be tempted by the prospect of iconic ruby red slippers, we assume the $2 million estimated price tag may be a bit rich, even for her.

But an avid cinephile might jump—especially if those shoes are one of four pairs believed to have been worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 hit “The Wizard of Oz.”

The shoes, which will be auctioned off in December in Los Angeles, are expected to draw in anywhere from $2-3 million, Reuters reports.

They are one of four pairs made for Garland’s character, Dorothy.

“They are one of the greatest pieces of pop culture in existence,” Profiles in History owner Joe Maddalena told Reuters, saying that these shoes are “The most important film prop in the world.”

The shoes were discovered in an MGM lot in the 1970s and sold at an auction in 1988 to a private collector.

The other three pairs are, respectively, in the Smithsonian, privately owned, and missing after being stolen from the July Garland Museum in Minnesota, Reuters says.

While the shoes have a few scuffs on the soles, the auction house says they’re most likely scratched because Dorothy did, after all, have to click her heels together three times to get home.

No word yet if the shoes have the ability to transport the wearer back to Kansas.

Selected Reading: THR, Reuters

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