You can now buy the original Cowardly Lion costume (for lots of money)
Want to feel like the king of the forest? For the right price, you can—Bert Lahr’s original Cowardly Lion costume from 1939’s The Wizard of Oz is going up for auction.
According to The Associated Press, the costume is owned by James Comisar, a collector of TV memorabilia who’s hoping to raise money to fund the exhibition of his collection. It’ll probably do the job nicely, too—Comisar’s spokesperson told the AP that a secondary Cowardly Lion costume used in the film sold for close to a million dollars.
The costume will be put up for auction at Bonhams in New York on Monday, as a part of “TCM Presents: There’s No Place Like Hollywood.” The show is a treasure trove of movie history—also being auctioned is Sam’s piano from Casablanca, Clark Gable’s riding jacket from Gone With the Wind, and a Rita Hayworth costume from Gilda.
You could buy them all, if you only had the nerve (and lots of cash).