Judy Garland's "Wizard of Oz" dress goes for $480k at auction

Published November 11, 2012


The dress that actress Judy Garland wore to play Dorothy in the 1939 film classic "The Wizard of Oz" sold at auction for $480,000, auction house Julien's said.

The price of the dress, with its white blouse and blue jumper, was within the range expected by the auction house in Beverly Hills, California, but below the exorbitant sums brought by dresses used by actresses Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn.

The auction house did not identify the buyer of Garland's dress, which was designed by Adrian, an MGM fashion designer.

The sale took place in Beverly Hills at the 2012 Icons and Idols: Hollywood auction, where 800 objects of "film memorabilia and items from the personal and professional life of Hollywood's beloved stars" went on the block, Julien's said on its Web page.

A dress worn by actress Julie Andrews for her role as Maria in "The Sound of Music" sold for $38,400, Julien's said.

The auction also included items such as a pair of jeans worn by Steve McQueen in "The Sand Pebbles" (1966), as well as McQueen's racing jacket worn at his record breaking 1970 race at the Phoenix "Winter Sprint" benefit, the former valued at $1,000-$2,000 and the latter at up to $60,000. EFE