The iconic blue and white pinafore dress worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz in 1939 is going up for auction – after being lost and then found again!
Yep, that’s right. The costume was lost for almost four decades until it reappeared last year at the Catholic University of America’s drama department. (You can read more about that HERE.)
Auction house Bonhams has revealed it will put the outfit up for auction on May 24, estimating it to be worth between US$800,000 and $1.2 million! And here’s the best bit – all proceeds will go to benefit the drama department to support theatre students.
“While parting with this dress is bittersweet, the proceeds are going to help support future generations training for professional careers in theatre. It might just be that the funding helps to prepare the next Mercedes McCambridge or Judy Garland!” says Jacqueline J. Leary-Warsaw, Dean of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art.
According to Bonhams, the dress is the one Garland wore in the scene where Dorothy confronts the Wicked Witch in her castle and is one of only four original dresses in existence.
They sold a “Dorothy” dress back in 2015 and that one fetched *checks notes* over $1.5 million!
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