It’s one of essentially the most recognisable outfits in American film historical past, the blue-and-white checked gingham dress a younger Judy Garland wore as Dorothy within the traditional 1939 film The Wizard of Oz.
For many years, one of the variations of the dress Garland wore within the film was assumed misplaced at Catholic University of America, the place it had been given to somebody within the drama division within the early Seventies. But the clearing out of some workplace litter final 12 months led to the discovering of the dress in an outdated shoebox, and now it’s headed for public sale.
When she first noticed it, “all I could think about was watching the movie when I was a child and growing up with” it, mentioned Jacqueline Leary-Warsaw, dean of the college of music, drama and artwork at Catholic University, in Washington, D.C. “In a way it was like I was looking at my past childhood.”
She and others are hopeful that nostalgia issue will come into play when the costume goes up for sale at Bonhams “Classic Hollywood: Film and Television” public sale on May 24 in Los Angeles, the place it has a presale estimate of $800,000 to $1.2 million.
Bonhams has the dress on show this week on the public sale home’s New York location earlier than it is despatched to California for public view and public sale.
Helen Hall, director of well-liked tradition for Bonhams, mentioned the market for memorabilia, and movie costumes particularly, is robust, and that The Wizard of Oz is a cultural touchstone.