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Judy Garland’s ‘Wizard of Oz’ Dorothy dress to go up for auction

By Daniel S Levine,

The last surviving dress that Judy Garland wore during the production of the timeless 1939 classic The Wizard Of Oz is hitting the auction block next month in Beverly Hills.

According to Sky News, the MGM costume department created several identical dresses for Garland, who played Dorothy Gale in the film. The one that will go up for sale is the only one she actually wore on film and is the last dress that survives over 70 years after the film was made.

The AP reports that the dress will be available for the public to view at the Stafford Hotel in London starting Tuesday. In November, the dress will travel to Beverly Hills to be auctioned off by Julien's Auctions. It will be on display there from Nov. 5-9 before the auction on Nov. 9.

Auction house owner Darren Julien expects the dress to sell for at least half a million dollars.

The Wizard of Oz, directed by Victor Fleming, remains one of the most popular films of all time. With L. Frank Baum’s original novel celebrating its 90th anniversary next year, Warner Bros., which holds the film’s distribution rights through Turner, is preparing a 3D release. Collider reports that the studio will also release a 3D Blu-ray next fall as part of its own 90th birthday celebration.

Next year, Disney is also releasing Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great And Powerful.

 

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