Judy Garland dress set to sell for $1.2 million

Wizard of Oz costume goes under the hammer


The dress worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz is up for sale, and expected to raise $1.2 million - despite being stained with sweat.

One of the most iconic film costumes ever, the blue-and-white gingham dress will go under the hammer at an auction in November in New York.

"The dress is one of those costumes which are instantly identifiable. You immediately know it was Judy Garland who wore it as Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz," Catherine Williamson, director of entertainment memorabilia at Bonhams, tells the New York Daily News.

"It is the costume she wears throughout the film, which is a great movie and the definition of a classic. What is great about this is it has signs of use: there are sweat stains around the neck, but it is still in fine condition."

The dress is one of ten used in the movie, although several of these were recycled for other films. It was designed to make Garland - who was 17 at the time - look like the 12-year-old she was supposed to be.

The last time one of the dresses used on screen was sold was in 2012, when it reached $480,000. A 'test dress' sold last year for $245,265, while one of the costumes worn by the film's Cowardly Lion made $3 million.

Garland is, apparently, one of the most 'collectable' stars, along with Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn.

In 2006, the black Givenchy dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in the film "Breakfast at Tiffany's sold for £467,200, while in 2011 the white pleated dress worn by Monroe in The Seven Year Itch made a whopping $5.6 million.

If dresses aren't your thing, there's another movie costume auction coming up, in London on September 23rd. Going under the hammer will be a tunic worn by Christopher Reeve as Superman, Spock's costume from the original 1966 Star Trek series and costumes and props from The Empire Strikes Back, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

And, as Andy Edge, commercial director at Odeon UK and Ireland, points out, "With this year's film slate full of huge blockbusters, including Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Everest, The Walk, Spectre and Star Wars: The Force Awakens – who knows what props will be sought after in the years to come?"

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