Wizard Of Oz 'Dorothy' dress sells for $2.2m

'TIMELESS ICON': The dress, worn by Garland, is one of only two complete Dorothy costumes in existence. It was sold to one of three phone bidders at a New York auction on Monday.


    Nov 25, 2015

    Wizard Of Oz 'Dorothy' dress sells for $2.2m


    A DRESS worn by Hollywood screen siren Judy Garland in The Wizard Of Oz as the character Dorothy sold for US$1.56 million (S$2.2 million) in New York on Monday, Bonhams auction house said.

    The dress was a chief highlight in a sale of nearly 400 pieces of Hollywood memorabilia organised by the auction house and Turner Classic Movies that netted total sales of more than US$4 million.

    The "Dorothy" dress went to one of three phone bidders, smashing its pre-sale estimate of US$800,000 to US$1.2 million, Bonhams said.

    It is one of only two complete Dorothy costumes in existence, said Bonhams' director of entertainment memorabilia, Catherine Williamson.

    "The dress is considered a true and timeless icon of classic Hollywood," she added.

    Garland was one of the best-loved actresses of the Hollywood Golden Age who starred in the 1939 The Wizard Of Oz as a teenager.

    The movie won two Oscars, for best song and best music, and remains a much-loved family classic more than 70 years later.

    The second most expensive item in the sale was a suit worn by Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, which fetched US$425,000.

    A golden ticket - a prop from Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory, based on the book by British author Roald Dahl - sold for US$35,000.