MGM’s The Wizard of Oz is arguably one of the best American films ever made. But, did you know that the iconic ruby slippers that Dorothy wears are among the most famous and expensive shoes in the world? The Wizard of Oz ruby slippers are unique and fashionable part of American film history.
In the 1930s, film studios didn’t generally keep the costumes from their films. Luckily, 4 pairs of ruby slippers from the 1939 movie were saved at MGM Studios and discovered in 1970. The authentic ruby slippers are highly coveted today. In 2012, Leonardo DiCaprio, Steven Spielberg, and other donors bought one of the four pairs for a rumored $3 million. The suspected price tag makes them the most expensive item of movie memorabilia in the world. The ruby slippers were donated to The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Where are the other three pairs of ruby slippers? The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and David Elkouby from Los Angeles both own pairs. The third pair was owned by Michael Shaw, but was stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota in 2005. The whereabouts are of this pair of The Wizard of Oz ruby slippers are still unknown.
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