Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Judy Garland's 'Wizard of Oz' dress sells for 285,000 dollars

We're Off to see the Wizard, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz....

LONDON (AFP) - The blue gingham pinafore dress worn by Judy Garland in 1939 film classic "The Wizard of Oz" went under the hammer for 140,000 pounds (220,000 euros, 285,000 dollars) at an auction in London.

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The dress, one of the most recognisable outfits in movie history, was sold to a telephone bidder whose identity was not yet known, a spokeswoman for Bonham's auctioneers told AFP on Wednesday.

The price was four times the pre-sale estimate of 35,000 pounds.

Made to measure for Garland, who was 17 at the time, the dress has a 27-inch (68-centimetre) waist and still has the late actress's name sewn on an inside hem.

Described by Bonham's as "a cherished memory for millions of fans worldwide", the dress was auctioned as part of a sale of rock, pop and film memorabilia.

"The Wizard of Oz", which made Garland a worldwide star, tells the story of Dorothy, and her dog Toto, who are whisked away by a tornado from their rural home in Kansas to a magical realm.

In her search for the fabled wizard, Dorothy meets the famous characters of the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion.

The most expensive film ever made at the time, it initially had only modest box office success, but has since become a screen classic.


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