Judy Garland's 'Wizard of Oz' famous dress sells for $480,000

By Sarah Burbank-Douglas,

Judy Garland’s famous Dorothy dress from The Wizards of Oz was sold for an outstanding $480,000 on Saturday.

Reuters reports that the famous blue and white gingham dress was auctioned off at Beverly Hills' Julien's Auctions, taking in $480,000. Although the number may seem extreme, the nearly half-million dollars doesn’t compare to the prices paid for costumes warn by the iconic Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, who wore the same gingham dress, which garnered $910,000.
Additionally, the auction sold other items such as a slice of cake from Prince William’s wedding at $1,375, Julie Andrew’s dress from The Sounds of Music sold for $38,400, a racing jacket worn by Steve McQueen for $50,000 and a purple skirt Monroe wore in 1954 sold for $50,000.

These are just a few of the 800 items sold Saturday, ABC News reports. Darren Julien, president and CEO of the Beverly Hills auction house comments, “What you are starting to see with pop culture memorabilia is that it is becoming an investment like fine art is. People who have bought these items over the years have seen that there is a market and they are selling off their assets to make money because the market is so strong."

The identities of the winners have not been revealed.

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