In an effort to put a Manolith stamp on Monday, what better than a post about a dress? But! This is no ordinary dress, and this dress belonged to no ordinary girl. I would like to argue that Dorothy Gale, aka Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz, was the definitive girl next door…if you lived on a farm in Kansas. If you’ve got a thing for Dorothy, and a lovely lady who would indulge your fantasy–and it’s presumable that she would if you could afford this thing–get ready to get in the game of your life!
The iconic dress worn by Judy Garland, including the puffy, white blouse that she wore under said dress, will be up for auction during the Julien’s Beverly Hills Auction on November 9-10. The dress will be on display at the auction house beginning November 5.
Wild curiosity triggers wonder about this one. For starters, you know that this dress will bring a ridiculous amount, and I feel safe in assuming that this dress will lead to an all-out bidding war.
Being a film junkie, and to some extent, snob, it would be nice to see this dress in the Smithsonian with Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers. The dress should be reunited with the slippers. Selfishly, I hope a friend of the Smithsonian, or a group of investors who would love to see this dress on display, is able to secure the piece of film history.
To answer a FAQ: Yes, there were several dresses built by the MGM wardrobe department during pre-production for The Wizard of Oz, however, there was only one that Judy Garland wore–this one.
Some wild guesses: What do we think this dress will go for? Keep in mind, it’s from 1939.