Oz dress auctioned, Judy Garland dress in ‘Wizard of Oz’ sold at Julien’s Auction for $480,000

By on Nov 12, 2012 in Lifestyle, United States Comments

The so-called Wizard of Oz dress was auctioned at Julien’s Auction in Beverly Hills, California and was sold for $480,000. The said dress, which Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale wore in the 1939 movie Wizard of Oz, was only among the items sold during the two-day auction, November 9-10, 2012 (Friday-Saturday).

Judy Garland Wizard of Oz dress

Judy Garland’s dress at ‘Wizard of Oz’
Image Credit: Julienslive.com

As noted at the latest update at Julienslive.com on Sunday, the winning bid for the costume, which includes the original blue and white pinafore and blouse, and was designed by Adrian, was $480,000 during the ‘Icons & Idols Auction’ by an unknown bidder. It was expected to fetch from $400,000 to $600,000.

As described in that Julien’s Auction page, the pinafore is constructed of blue and white cotton gingham with over-the-shoulder straps that end in points and are decorated at the ends with white (two-hole) mother of pearl buttons, with the buttons located at the front waist and back waist.

On the other hand, the blouse is made of white lightweight sheer cotton and the stand-up band collar and cuffs are trimmed with medium blue rickrack. It has puff short sleeves, gathered at front neckline only, along with a hook and eye back closure; with a label in the seam that reads “Judy Garland 4461.”

The said Judy Garland dress was said to be one of the only complete costumes of original pinafore and blouse known to still exist. It was consigned and sold at Christie’s in 1981 by Kent Warner, an MGM costume designer who helped with the landmark 1970 MGM back lot auction.

As noted at CNN, among the other signature items that were sold in that event include Steve McQueen‘s racing jacket, which was sold for $50,000; Julie Andrews‘ dress in the “Sound of Music, which was bought for $38,400; and a purple skirt worn by Marilyn Monroe while filming “River of No Return,” sold for $50,000.


Wizard of Oz movie clip, featuring Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale
Video Credit: MovieClips/YouTube/MGM



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