Oz in the News 4.16.18

You’ll Soon Be Able to Own Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers From ‘The Wizard of Oz’ (If You Have $6 Million!) No word on if you’ll be able to return home just by clicking your heels together three times, but you will soon be able to own Dorothy’s ruby-red slippers from The Wizard of Oz… if you can amass the right sum! The iconic shoes from the 1939 musical film are hitting the auction block with a seven-figure starting price. Technically, there are multiple pairs of ruby-red slippers floating around. One pair was acquired by the National Museum of American History, for example, while actress Debbie Reynolds owned another. And yet another pair was stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, MN, and remains missing. Moments in Time dealer Gary Zimet calls these shoes “the holy grail of movie memorabilia.”

Oz Museum Although L. Frank Baum didn’t think his 1900 novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” would be a success, its persistent endurance over a century has proved him soundly wrong. “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” has spawned film adaptations, theater adaptations, prequels, sequels, and generations of little children waltzing around in glittering slippers. The Oz Museum, in Wamego, Kansas, pays homage to “all things Oz,” from the original novel to movies to plays to board games. Come with us as we stay very much in Kansas and talk to the Executive Director of the Oz Museum, Clint Steuve, about the history and contents of the museum and the story that inspired it.

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