Oz in the News 6.19.11

Judy Garland Dorothy Dress Sells For $910,000 Record Price  The Dress worn by Judy Garland when she played the role of “Dorothy Gale” in the classic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz has just sold for over $1,000,000 including buyers premium, a record price for Oz costume memorabilia. This is the real thing and something that only comes up once in a lifetime. The dress was estimated at a modest $60,000 – $80,000. The $910,000 price is just on the hammer and the total is expected to be 20% on top. The blue cotton dress with polka dot trim and ivory sheer puff-sleeved blouse was designed by Adrian the chief costumier for the MGM film. The blouse also contains the original blue ribbon neck orniment. No label was sewn into the top but the provenance was impeccable having been acquired by Debbie Reynolds an icon of the golden age of the Hollywood musical from MGM directly in 1970. The matching Blue cotton dress and pinafore with polka dot trim has a Handwritten label “Judy Garland 3955.” Worn by Judy Garland as “Dorothy” in the first two weeks of filming in The Wizard of Oz.

Wizard of Oz shoes, worn by Judy Garland sell at auction for $510,000  Today, at the Debbie Reynolds Auction of her costumes and Memorabilia held at the Paley Center by the auction house Profiles in History the “Arabian-pattern test ‘ruby slippers’ covered in red sequins and beads lined with red silk” worn by Judy Garland in the first two weeks of filming The Wizard of Oz sold for $510,000. These shoes were designed by the famous costume designer Adrian and had a hand-written label “10 W.C.C.”

Collection Gowns Bring Judy Garland To Life  The complete collection includes 18 pieces including the red dress Judy wore when she sang “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” in the 1944 film Meet Me in St. Louis. “I have things as early as 1941, two years after the Wizard Of Oz came out. I have a dress from Life Begins For Andy Hardy. I have things from Me And My Gal, Easter Parade and A Star Is Born. I have a Bob Mackie gown that she wore on the television show,” said collector Michael Siewert.

Graphic 45 Magic of Oz Scrapbook Collection  Graphic 45 presents a gorgeous new scrapbook collection inspired by the art of W.W. Denslow and John R. Neill featured in L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz series.   Double sided papers, paper pads, chipboard die cut tags, and clings are arriving in stores now.   See Graphic 45’s website for more product and photos.

Father-Daughter Reading Streak Lasts Nearly 9 Years   When Alice Ozma was in the fourth grade, her family was going through a rough patch. Her parents had just split up, and her older sister had recently left for college. Ozma was suddenly spending a lot more time alone with her dad, Jim Brozina, an elementary school librarian. So Ozma and her father made a pledge: to read together every single night for 100 days. But after 100 days, they just kept going. Their streak ultimately lasted 3,218 days — spanning from Ozma’s fourth-grade year to her first day of college. On the last night, Ozma chose to read from the same book they’d read for their first father-daughter reading: The Wizard of Oz. “That was the single hardest thing to do,” Brozina recalls, “to read, choked up, tears in eyes — both of us. That was the most difficult, to stop it.”

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