The price for the ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in "The Wizard of Oz" soared over the rainbow Tuesday, bringing $165,000 at a New York auction and marking a record for footwear and film props.
An anonymous bidder bought the 50-year-old sequined slippers that carried Dorothy home to Kansas in the 1939 film for $165,000, including a 10 percent commission, at the Christie's East auction.The auction house sold the coveted shoes for Roberta Bauman of Memphis, Tenn., who won them in 1940 when she was 16 years old by selecting the previous year's top 10 films in a contest sponsored by the National Four Star Club.
The slippers had come directly from MGM after an exhibit in New York.
Lee Anne Fahey, a spokeswoman for Christie's East, said the delicate shoes have been carefully safeguarded by Bauman for the past 48 years.
The slippers have been exhibited for children in schools and libraries across the nation and more recently had been kept in a bank security vault, Fahey said.
She said Adrian, MGM's desingner, created two versions of the ruby slippers in the summer of 1938.