Not in Kansas anymore: Dorothy’s blue gingham dress may parlay into $600,000

Judy Garland “Wizard of Oz” (MGM, 1939) blue and white pinafore and blouse worn in her role as Dorothy Gale. The costume, which is one of the only complete costumes of original pinafore and blouse known to exist, was consigned and sold at Christie’s in 1981 by Kent Warner, a MGM costume designer who assisted with the landmark 1970 MGM back lot auction. (Estimate $400,000-$600,000.) Photo courtesy Julien’s Auctions.

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Julien’s Auctions announces its Hollywood Icons & Idols auction, an unprecedented Hollywood collection of more than 800 items of screen-worn wardrobe, props, original photographs and celebrity-owned items to be sold Nov. 9-10, 2012, at Julien’s Auctions’ Beverly Hills Gallery.

Two sessions will be held each day at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Bids may be placed live, in the room, via telephone or online at

Included in the auction is one of the most iconic screen-worn dress in film history – Judy Garland’s blue gingham dress from “The Wizard of Oz.” As Dorothy Gale, Garland brought the magic of Oz to life. The blue and white pinafore costume ($400,000-$600,000) is one of the only complete costumes known to exist which includes both original blouse and pinafore. More than 100 images relating to The Wizard Of Oz including key book and publicity images with continuity photographs from the film will also be offered.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death. A number of iconic Monroe items, including a skirt worn by Monroe in Banff in 1953 and immortalized in the candid photographs of photographer John Vachon ($4,000-$6,000) along with her personal collection of black check make-up bag and make-up, will be offered ($2,000-$3,000).

Additional Monroe items include photographs on the set of “The Misfits” by photographer Thomas Kaminski sold with copyright and a treasured silver Cartier triptych frame ($35,000-$40,000) with her favorite image of herself taken by Cecil Beaton which was a gift from her director in “Bus Stop,” Joshua Logan.

Other highlights include the marriage license of Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher ($4,000-$6,000) from the estate of Lawerence Kammet, public relations director to Eddie Fisher in the 1950s-1970s, Taylor’s Golden Globe statuette from the provocative film “Suddenly, Last Summer” ($30,000-$50,000) and a 1951 screen-worn gown made with layers of tulle and velvet flowers from “A Place in the Sun” created by Edith Head and Elizabeth Taylor.

Special effects flying costume worn by Christopher Reeve in “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace” (Warner Bros., 1987). The trunks and leotard have sewn-in slots where cables would be attached to a flying harness worn under the costume. (Estimate $15,000-$20,000.)

Also to be offered is a racing jacket worn by Steve McQueen emblazoned on the back with the name of McQueen’s company, “Solar Plastics Engineering,” and on the front with his name ($40,000-$60,000); personal wardrobe items from Tallulah Bankhead and Jayne Mansfield; Tallulah Bankhead’s aquamarine and diamond platinum ring ($4,000-$6,000), and brooch she referred to as the “Star of Finland”; Clark Gable’s personal set of golf clubs ($3,000-$5,000); and a Bruce Lee personally designed onyx and diamond ring accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Bruce Lee’s brother, Robert Lee ($20,000-$30,000).

Award-winning film wardrobe designers will also highlight this historic sale, including Travilla, Adrian and Edith Head.

Many of the costumes that brought some of our favorite films to life will be offered, including Katherine Hepburn’s jacket from “Desk Set” ($2,000-$3,000); Rita Hayworth’s Orry-Kelly designed period gown from “The Strawberry Blonde” ($4,000-$6,000); Loretta Young’s costume from the 1941 film “The Men in Her Life” ($2,000-$3,000); Vincent Price’s period coat from the 1963 thriller “The Raven” ($1,000-$2,000); Julie Andrews’ dress from her role as Maria in “The Sound of Music” ($40,000-$60,000); and Pierce Brosnan’s James Bond suit from “Goldeneye” ($3,000-$5,000). Topping off the selection is Christopher Reeves’ special effects Superman costume from “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace” ($15,000-$20,000).

A free public exhibition will be held Nov. 5-8, 2012, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (PST) daily at Julien’s Auctions, 9665 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 150, Beverly Hills, Calif.

For more information on the firm’s Hollywood memorabilia auction, contact Julien’s Auctions at 310-836-1818.

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