At some point in your gay life we have all done it; pretended to be a pigtailed, wide-eyed Dorothy struttin’ our stuff down the yellow brick road with your dog in a basket and friends in tow.
But now you can upgrade from a friend of Dorothy to being Dorothy herself, as the iconic blue gingham pinafore and puff-ball blouse worn by Judy Garland in the Wizard of Oz is up for grabs. It’s an outfit that has been reproduced in gay pride parades and by drag queens worldwide, but the original size 5 outfit is now up for sale at Julien’s Auctions in California.
Julien’s is famous round the world for offering beautiful, highly sort pieces of authentic memorabilia, but the headline piece of their ‘Icons & Idols’ sale in November will give people the chance to bid for Garlands’ dress. This is one of several identical outfits made for the movie, but this is the only piece to have been seen on screen as well as remain intact after 73 years.
As well as Dorothy’s dress you can bid on over 800 items including Steve McQueen’s racing jacket, Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher’s marriage certificate, Christopher Reeves’ special effects Superman costume from Superman IV and pieces of souvenir wedding cake from the unions of Diana and Prince Charles and Prince William and Kate Middleton.
To all those Wizard of Oz fans out there wanting to own a piece of the magic be sure to check your bank balance before you make a bid. A presale estimate has the costumes worth falls between $400,000 and $600,000 and that price is sure to skyrocket between now and the live and online auction on November 9th & 10th.
The costume will be on display at London’s Stafford Hotel from this week before being exhibited at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills from November 5th. Since we can’t just click our heals three times to go and see it why not look below at this specifically prepared segment on this iconic dress. There’s no place like home, until you get auctioned off!