Oz in the News 7.30.15

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Yellow brick road to riches: Dress worn by Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz to sell for a staggering £750,000  It is thought Garland had around ten dresses made for filming of the 1939 classic – but many were recycled by MGM and reused for other films.  The owner of this dress has now decided to cash in and has entered it into Bonhams’ Treasures from the Dream Factory sale, which will be held in November in New York. Memorabilia experts at the auction house have given the dress a guide price $1.2 million (£770,000). Catherine Williamson, director of entertainment memorabilia at Bonhams, believes the universal appeal of the Wizard of Oz will mean huge levels of interest. “Last year we sold a test dress but this one was actually used on screen. It is a privilege to be selling it and I am expecting a lot of interest.” The test dress Bonhams previously auctioned, which wasn’t used on screen, sold for #157,000. This price was dwarfed by the Lion costume, which sold for a staggering #1.9 million. Dorothy’s slippers would likely sell for a similar figure if they were put up for auction. If the Dorothy Gale dress hits the #770,000 price-tag, it will become one of the most expensive dresses in history, thanks in part to Judy Garland’s star quality.

Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige Join NBC’s The Wiz Live!  Latifah is set to star as the Wiz, aka the mysterious and powerful wizard who holds the keys to the Emerald City, but whose metamorphosis from ordinary to extraordinary is itself a hoax. She rose to her lofty position after being transported by accident to Oz in a hot air balloon during a snowstorm.  Meanwhile, Blige will take on the role of Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West, who holds sway over the Winkies and the Winged Monkeys that do her bidding. She captures Dorothy and her friends to avenge the unintentional murder of her evil sister, Evvamean, and to get back the powerful silver slippers given to Dorothy by the Good Witch of the North.

 

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