Dorothy, living on a Kansas farm in the 1930s, probably never would have imagined her dress traveling to Oz — let alone New York, where decades later it would be valued at over $1 million.
But the iconic blue gingham apron and shirt costume that Judy Garland wore as Dorothy in the 1939 classic “The Wizard of Oz” did just that Monday, selling for $1,565,000 at a New York auction.
Three competitive bidders fought for the iconic piece of movie history via phone, according to a news release. The winner was not immediately identified.
The costume consisted of the blue and white gingham pinafore with a fitted bodice and a full skirt with ‘Judy Garland’ inscribed on the inside as well as a short cream-colored cotton blouse with a high neck that also has “Judy Garland” inscribed inside, according to Bonhams website, the auction house who sold the costume.
The costume’s sale surpassed its presale estimate by the auction house of $800,000 to $1.2 million.