Friday 2 December 2016

Dorothy's dress from The Wizard of Oz fetches €1.46 million at memorabilia auction

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 24/11/2015 | 15:16

The iconic dress received several bids at the New York auction
Credit: Getty images
The iconic dress received several bids at the New York auction Credit: Getty images

A blue and white gingham dress worn by Judy Garland's character 'Dorothy' in the movie 'The Wizard of Oz' has sold for $1.56 million (€1.46m) in New York.

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The dress had top billing in the sale of almost 400 pieces of Hollywood memorabilia organised by Bonhams auction house and Turner Classic Movies.

The auction generated total sales of more than $4 million (€3,758,590).

The 'Dorothy' dress was sold to a phone bidder, exceeding the pre-sale estimate of $800,000 - $1.2 million (€751,900 - €1.1m).

"It's one of only two complete Dorothy costumes in existence" said Bonhams' spokeswoman Catherine Williamson.

"The dress is considered a true and timeless icon of classic Hollywood," she said.

Garland was only 17 when she landed the lead role in the 1939 children's movie.

The film won two Oscars, one for best song and the other for best score, and went on to acquire cult movie status and is still regularly shown on TV.

The second most expensive item in the memorabilia sale was the two-piece suit worn by Marilyn Monroe in 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes', which sold for $425,000 (€399,494).

Meanwhile a 'Golden Ticket', a prop from the movie 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory' sold for $35,000 (€32,900).

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