Iconic Dress Judy Garland Wore as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz Sells for $1.56 Million at Auction
Fans of The Wizard of Oz followed the Yellow Brick Road all the way to Bonhams Auction House in New York Monday, where the iconic, apron-covered blue gingham dress Judy Garland wore in the 1939 film classic sold for a whopping $1.56 million.
Three competitive phone bidders fought to buy the “Dorothy” dress, which was estimated to sell between $800,000 and $1.2 million, according to Bonhams.
“The dress is one of only two complete Dorothy costumes in existence,” Bonhams Director of Entertainment Memorabilia Catherine Williamson said in a statement. “As we witnessed today in the Bonhams saleroom, the dress is considered a true and timeless icon of classic Hollywood.”
The sale of Dorothy s dress, a suit Marilyn Monroe wore in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and other Hollywood memorabilia were part of TCM s “Treasures from the Dream Factory” auction of movie memorabilia at Bonhams Auction House. All told, auction items fetched more than $4 million.
Natalie Wood fans got a rare glimpse inside the late screen legend s private life when a collection of 66 personal belongings were sold at the auction Monday, bringing in $239,000.
An Italian ruby and 18k gold bracelet featuring round rubies set in a floral motif that the actress once owned sold for $25,000.
The “International Stardom” Golden Globe award, which is presented to the “Most Promising Newcomer,” for 1956, sold for $17,500. Wood accepted the statue, which was her first major acting award, at the Golden Globes on February 28, 1957.
Three volumes of the screenplays for From Here to Eternity, bound in white leather and stamped with her name and containing notes she made in pen and ink, as well as her copy of the novel with pages she marked, a notebook with her handwritten notes about the script and other documents of hers relating to the film sold for $6,875.
Other items that were put on the block include Wood’s 1960s wardrobe test photos and her childhood report cards and diplomas.
The items were presented by Wood’s husband, Robert Wagner, and her daughters, Natasha Gregson Wagner and Courtney Brooke Wagner.
Her daughter said she and her family wanted to share some of Wood s favorite items with her fans.
“So much of this memorabilia has just been sitting around in a storage room since 1982 and I thought it would be nice for it to be seen, for the public to have some of it,” Natasha said in the Bonhams auction notes.
The sale comes just six days before the 34th anniversary of the screen legend s tragic death. Wood died on Nov. 29, 1981, when she drowned during a weekend boat trip near Catalina Island, California, with Wagner and her Brainstorm costar, Christopher Walken. The details surrounding her death remain unknown.
The auction also included other famed items, including a Golden Ticket from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory that sold for $35,000; Steve McQueen’s racing suit from his 1971 film Le Mans; and a suit Marilyn Monroe wrote in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, which sold for $425,000.
This is the third year that TCM has partnered with Bonhams to auction off iconic movie memorabilia for its Treasures from the Dream Factory sale.