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Judy Garland’s Wizard of Oz Dress Sold for $480,000 at Auction

6 years ago by Nadya Vlassoff

Judy Garland in the classic 1939 MGM film The Wizard of Oz – Photo: Photograph: Allstar/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Judy Garland’s blue gingham Dorothy dress from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz sold for $480,000 at Julien’s Auction in Beverly Hills on Saturday.

The famous blue dress worn by Judy Garland in the role of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz was sold at auction for $480,000 to an unnamed buyer. Both the blue gingham dress and ruby red slippers worn by Judy Garland have been the most sought after items from the classic 1939 film, starring Garland as Dorothy, Ray Bolger as the Scarecrow, Jack Haley as Tin Man, and Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion.

Interestingly, a similar gingham dress worn during screen tests sold for $910,000 in 2011. So why such a huge difference in price? According to Julien’s auctioneer, Darren Julien, only a few Dorothy dresses were created for screen testing and are very rare items in the history of The Wizard of Oz.

The sale price was nowhere near Audrey Hepburn’s Ascot dress from My Fair Lady, which sold for $3.7 million, or the $4.6 million for Marilyn Monroe’s white subway dress from The Seven Year Itch.

Beyond Judy Garland’s dress, other notable items on the auction block included Julie Andrews’ green floral dress from The Sound of Music, which sold for $38,400. A Steve McQueen racing jacket sold for $50,000, and a purple wool skirt worn by Marilyn Monroe during filming of River of No Return sold for $50,000.

For those into the weird and wacky, a piece of cake from William and Kate’s royal wedding in 2011 sold for $1,375 along with a slice from the wedding cake of Prince Charles and Princess Diana at the same price.

To put it into monetary perspective, that’s only $422 cheaper than a bar of gold!

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Nadya Vlassoff joined The Deadbolt in 2009 and currently serves as associate content director and contributing editor. A former writer for the boutique apparel and accessories blog, Nadya has interviewed and worked with a variety of top names in pop culture, fashion, entertainment and sports.