Oz in the News 11.25.14

US-BONHAMS-COWARDLY LIONWizard Of Oz’s Lion Costume Sells For Over $3m A mystery bidder showed courage as he kept his nerve to secure the Cowardly Lion costume from the Judy Garland classic movie The Wizard Of Oz for over $3m at auction. The big cat outfit was worn by Bert Lahr in the 1939 film and sold on Monday at Bonhams in New York. It is made out of real lion hide and fur and was discovered over 20 years ago in one of the oldest buildings on the MGM lot. It is not known who paid $3,077,000 (£1,962,734) for the item. A spokesman for the costume’s previous owner, James Comisar, said a secondary costume used in the film was sold at auction in recent years for close to $1m.

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