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Fun Stuff: Iconic Dorothy Dress Sold for $480,000!

Icons & Idols Auction Catalogue, Julien's Auction House

By Stacey Gualandi/November 11, 2012
Photos by Stacey and Julien’s Auction House

In the movie classic, “The Wizard of Oz,” Dorothy uttered that famous phrase: “There’s no place like home.”  Well, now Dorothy’s iconic blue-checkered gingham dress has found a new home.  The costume, worn by actress Judy Garland when she played Dorothy Gale in the 1939 motion picture, sold on the auction block for $480,000!!!

Icons & Idols Auction at Julien's, Beverly Hills

It was the marquis item up for bid at Julien’s Auctions’ “Icons and Idols” two-day auction held this weekend in Beverly Hills, CA.  The auction even included cake from the royal weddings.  Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s went for $1,375 while Prince William and Kate Middleton’s sold well over the estimate at $7,500.

Prince William and Kate's wedding cake at Julien's Auction

Presentation box with Prince William and Kate’s brandy-infused fruit wedding cake

Founder Darien Julien told me the world-famous piece of Hollywood memorabilia worn by Judy Garland is one of only two complete dresses from the film that includes both the blouse and pinafore.  “The value of these items keep going up because these are historical artifacts; they are one-of-a-kind… like Monet paintings.”

The video above will tell you more about this specially designed pinafore.  There’s even a secret compartment in a seam that few people know about.  A New Jersey man bought it at auction for $2,090 in 1981 as a Christmas gift for his Oz-loving wife.  But after thirty years, the couple made the emotional decision to let go of it and watched in person as it sold to the highest bidder.

The dress was one of over 800 pieces of Hollywood history up for bid.  My movie-loving life flashed right in front of my eyes.  If I were a bidding kind of gal, I would have been all over Jayne Mansfield’s silk animal print dress (below).

Some of the items on display for buyers at the auction and on phones from around the world:

"Sound of Music" dresses at Julien's Icons & Idols Auction 11/10/12

“Sound of Music” dresses/Julie Andrews’ on far left

Julie Andrews’ floral-patterned dress with butterfly sleeves – $38,400

Icons & Idols Auction at Julien's--Marilyn Monroe (l), Liz on right--11-10-12

Monroe’s gold two-piece outfit/Taylor’s costume from “Poker Alice”

Gold shimmering outfit worn by Marilyn Monroe – $43,750
Elizabeth Taylor’s two-piece wool costume and matching hat – $11,250

Icons & Idols dresses at Julien's Auction/11-10-12

Gowns worn by Jayne Mansfield, Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe

Jayne Mansfield’s silk jungle cat print dress (1957) – $16,250
Elizabeth Taylor’s gown by Edith Head from “A Place in the Sun (1951) – $28,125
Marilyn Monroe’s off-white chiffon dress – $7,680

Icons & Idols Julien's Auction-Phyllis Diller dress/11-10-12

The late Phyllis Diller’s tent-style mini dress with rhinestones and tassels – $896

Icons & Idols Julien's Auction/Steve McQueen's jacket

And Steve McQueen’s racing jacket worn in 1970 sold for a whopping $50,000!

Asked what Judy Garland would have to say about the dress she made famous all those years ago selling for that price, Darren says, “Back then, MGM in the 70’s couldn’t give this stuff away and now that these items are worth so much money, Judy would certainly be amazed.”

Dorothy "Wizard of Oz" dress at Julien's Auction/11-10-12

Get your checkbooks ready.   Julien’s Auctions’ next “Icons & Idols” event is set for December…



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