Oz in the News 6.7.11

Wizard of Oz’ ruby slippers for auction Debbie Reynolds (79), who starred alongside Gene Kelly in Singin’ in the Rain,  explains in the auction catalogue that her love for collecting began early in her career with movie giant MGM. “I used to spend my spare time in the wardrobe department, watching the most talented people create costumes for the actors. “I was fascinated by how they were able to translate a simple suggestion in a script, sometimes even a piece of dialogue, into a magnificent costume.” Her passion for collecting began in earnest when the studios broke up their inventories, she explains.

Cash from sale of ‘Wizard of Oz’ crystal ball to aid N.J. teen arts program  An anonymous New Jersey inventor who sold the crystal ball used in the movie classic, “The Wizard of Oz,” at a Hollywood auction will donate a portion of the $110,000 proceeds to support a New Jersey teen arts program, according to the program coordinator at Sussex County Community College. While the original sale price posted by Profiles in History, a Hollywood auction house, was estimated at $40,000 to $60,000, the hand-blown glass ball, approximately 25 inches in diameter, netted $126,500 at last month’s auction, including a 15 percent buyer premium, said auction house spokesman Brian Chanes.

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