Thursday, November 05, 2015

Dreams For Sale, Pt. 4

Travel down the Yellow Brick Road with Judy by viewing these items from the upcoming November 23rd Turner Classic Movies (aka TCM) and Bonhams Treasures From The Dream Factory auction. Hard to believe that almost (but not quite) 80 years after "The Wizard of Oz" was filmed there are still rare items surfacing for the public to see. This original Judy Garland worn "Dorothy" dress from "Oz" was owned by Kent Warner, the costume collector employed by David Weisz Co. to help organize the blockbuster 1970 MGM Auction. He also helped himself to a pair (possibly more) of Ruby Slippers. Start saving up, folks…this one is expected to bring in $800,000-1.2 million!

A munchkin's soldier jacket:

From the catalog listing: Adrian designed the munchkin outfits to have strange proportions, including large sleeves and tails as in this jacket, to make them seem smaller than they actually were. William Giblin (1916-1985) was a 4'6" gentleman from Trenton, NJ and was the last Munchkin to arrive for filming, getting to MGM on November 24, 1938. His name also appears in accounts of World War II, as his draft number, 158, was the first one called when the United States began conscription in 1940. Looking for $7,000-9,000.

Anyone need a unique light for their home? How about his wrought iron torch used in the Witch's Castle in "Oz" as well as in the MGM movie "Ben Hur"?


One of Judy Garland's most beautiful costumes from 1948's "Easter Parade" is also for sale:

Check out the bead detailing on this. No wonder they expect $8,000-12,000!

The scene from the movie:

From another 1939 blockbuster movie, "Gone with the Wind" comes this triptych of vintage Vivien Leigh photos shot by Charles Kerlee:

Look at that face; you just know that Rhett took her back!

A Mario Larrinaga set design of Twelve Oaks for Gone with the Wind, expected to go for $3,000-5,000. What a beauty!

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Irene said...

Do you know if there is more than one "Dorothy" dress? At the recent (and excellent) display of costumes at LACMA there was one and I was told by one of the docents that it was owned by someone in the Middle East. Each dress, pair of shoes or whatever had a card with the name of the owner/studio on it who had donated the item to the exhibit but some said anonymous - those were usually the ones from Saudi Arabia or somewhere over there.

K. Martinez said...

I remember those wrought iron torches from The Wizard of Oz. I was fascinated by the witch's castle and haunted forest when I was a kid. Still one of the greatest fantasy films ever made. I'm thoroughly enjoying your "Dreams For Sale" series. Thanks, Dave.

Chuck said...

This event seems to be the closest thing we'll ever get to the 1970 auction again.