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'Wizard of Oz' red slippers to be auctioned off

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Wizard Of Oz
Everett Collection

With Halloween but a few weeks away from us, it’s time to start considering your costume. If you’re sticking with the oldie, but always goodie, choice of going as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, your get-up could be the most authentic one on any road, yellow brick or otherwise.

That’s because one of the pairs of the iconic ruby red slippers worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 classic, will be sold to the highest bidder on Dec. 16 (okay, so you’ll have them for next Halloween) during Profiles in History’s three-day “Icons of Hollywood” auction. The collector’s group — which has previously auctioned off other Wizard of Oz items including the Cowardly Lion costume (which went for $805,000) and the Wicked Witch’s hat ($230,000) — has not yet disclosed the location of the event (“Somewhere Over The Rainbow” doesn’t really count, either), but the buzz is already building for this big ticket item in particular.

In addition to once being on display at the Smithsonian, this particular pair of ruby slippers used in the film has some one-of-a-kind touches. The inside lining reads “#7 Judy Garland” and the leather soles are painted red on the bottom. They also happen to be the pair that we see towards the end of the movie when Dorothy clicks her heels one last time to get back to Kansas.

Still, you’d better have some deep purse strings to match these mint condition ruby red slippers, the first pair of which has become available for sale to the public. According to a statement, Profiles in History already place the pre-sale estimate between $2 million to $3 million. (However, will — or could — it surpass Marilyn Monroe’s equally iconic white dress, which sold for $5.6 million back in June?)

The Profiles in History auction will take place from Dec. 15-17.

How much would you be willing to shell out for an original pair of Dorothy’s ruby red slippers from The Wizard of Oz, PopWatchers? Have you ever bid on a piece of movie memorabilia? If so, how much did you pay for a piece of Hollywood history? Share in the comments section below!

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