Cowardly Lion costume goes for $3 million at auction
Somewhere out there is a wealthy customer who just won himself one of the most expensive Halloween costumes out there: the Cowardly Lion costume from 1939’s The Wizard of Oz fetched over $3 million at auction at Bonhams in New York City on Monday.
According to the Associated Press, the costume was authenticated to be the one that Bert Lahr wore in the film; a back-up costume fetched almost $1 million in recent years. The costume’s previous owner, Los Angeles Museum of Television founder James Comisar, said that the costume was made out of real lion skins, and was extensively analyzed to conclude that this costume was indeed the one that was worn on-screen.
According to People, the costume had been found from an old MGM building by a junk dealer cleaning out the deserted lot in the 1970s.
The upright piano that Dooley Wilson played in 1942’s Casablanca also sold for more than $3 million, by an anonymous collector from Los Angeles.