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.