How much would you pay for a piece of movie memorabilia as iconic as Dorothy’s blue and white gingham dress, worn by Judy Garland in 1939’s The Wizard of Oz? One anonymous bidder in Beverly Hills just paid $480,000 for it.
That might sound like a pretty penny to those of us who don’t frequent Hollywood auctions, but it’s a surprisingly low amount compared to what many other frocks have sold for. A dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady sold for $3.7 million. And that iconic white halter dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch? That sold for $4.6 million last year. In fact, the dress worn in Wizard of Oz screen tests sold for more ($910,000, to be exact), last year. The reason for the difference in price, according to auctioneer Darren Julien, is that fewer versions of the screen test dress were crafted.
The Dorothy dress was created by costume designer Adrian.
The auction also saw a green Julie Andrews dress from The Sound of Music sell for $38,400. Steve McQueen’s racing jacket sold for $50,000.
Plus, want a slice of history? A piece of cake from Prince William’s wedding sold for $1,375. Yum! [The Guardian]