Oz in the News 9.11.14

WoO-Script copyRare Wizard of Oz Script & Painting Coming to Auction  This year marks the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz film, which means the time is right for buyers and sellers who focus on related memorabilia, such as autographs, scripts, storyboards and concept art, and costumes. Profiles in History is offering these three very special Wizard pieces at a 4-day auction event in Los Angeles, October 17-20. An original, 113-page, studio-bound script dated October 10, 1938. According to the catalogue, this version of the script “includes important revisions by writer Edgar Allan Woolf, the visionary who changed the famous slippers from silver to ruby, inserted the dream sequence, and is responsible for the fantasy aspects of the film–all elements not in the L. Frank Baum novel.” It is estimated to sell for $12,000-15,000. An original matte painting from the film depicts the woods at the foot of the Wicked Witch’s castle. Executed in colored pencil, gouache, and chalk on black artist board, the image is “attributable to the scene when our heroic quartet ambushes the ‘Winkie Guards’ to steal their uniforms and gain access to the castle.” The estimate is $8,000-12,000. A complete press book with original herald, published by MGM in 1939. The cover features bold window card art, and the book is illustrated with production details, plot synopsis, cast list, sheet music, etc. and includes a record of all the movie tie-in advertisements. Its estimate is $5,000-7,000.

Inside Gia and Dominic Lopez’s Wizard of Oz Birthday Bash On Saturday, Mario and Courtney Lopez invited over 40 family and friends to join them in celebrating daughter Gia and son Dominic‘s birthdays at PLAY Indoor Playground in Glendale, California. Guests were greeted by a sign that read, “Bell out of order, please knock,” and were invited to follow the yellow brick road into the Wizard of Oz themed party room, which had been decorated with hot air balloons hanging from the ceiling and play stations set up to look like scenes from the movie.

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