Somewhere over the rainbow, a dress worn by Judy Garland was sold to an anonymous for USD1.56 million at an auction.
It’s not just any random dress that Garland has worn though. It’s the iconic blue and white dress that she wore as Dorothy in the 1939 musical-comedy drama fantasy film, “Wizard of Oz“.
The costume was part of Bonhams’ Treasures from the Dream Factory sale that was conducted in conjunction with Turner Classic Movies.
According to the Bonhams website, the costume consisted of a blue and white gingham pinafore with a fitted bodice and a full skirt with the words “Judy Garland” inscribed on the inside. The short-cream coloured cotton blouse with a high neck also has the words “Judy Garland” inscribed inside.
The costume is in tip-top condition, but it was described to be bearing sweat stains around the neck area. It was also believed to be one of only 2 pinafores that was worn by Garland on-screen for the classic musical.
The costume sale surpassed its presale estimate, which was at the range of USD800,000 to USD1.2 million.
Prices of famous memorabilia have increased in recent years. In 2012, one of Garland’s “Wizard of Oz” costumes was sold for USD480,000. A year ago, the Cowardly Lion costume worn by Bert Lahr was sold at around USD3 million at the Bonham’s auction.
Marilyn Monroe’s ivory pleated “Subway” dress from the movie titled “The Seven Year Itch” is still considered as the most expensive item of movie memorabilia clothing. The dress was auctioned in California for USD5.6 million.
So, what do you think? Are you willing to buy a costume worn by your beloved celebrity for a sky-high price? Share your thoughts in the comments box below.