On December 16, the ruby slippers that Judy Garland clicked three times in The Wizard of Oz will go on the auction block as part of History's Icons of Hollywood Auction, to be held at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, CA.
"They are the holy grail of Hollywood memorabilia," Rhys Thomas, expert and author of The Ruby Slippers of Oz, said. "Far more than just a pair of red-sequined shoes, they are an indelible icon of a uniquely American fairy tale. And of the four pairs of authentic ruby slippers known to exist, this pair offered by Profiles in History ... are the most important and most valuable. Without question, they are the 'close-up' shoes, worn by Garland when she clicks her heels three times. They are the 'take me home to Kansas,' shoes, transcending Hollywood, representing an enduring symbol of the power of belief."
The shoes are expected to fetch between $2 and $3 million during the auction, that also includes the blue and white gingham pinafore dress Garland wore in the film and the Cowardly Lion costume -- both of which will undoubtedly lure similar, seven-figure bids.