"Dorothy" Dress Sells at Auction for $1.1M

Bidders exceed expectations for Debbie Reynolds auction

By Rebecca Nieto and Olsen Ebright
|  Saturday, Jun 18, 2011  |  Updated 5:14 PM PDT
View Comments (
PHOTOS: Old Hollywood on the Catwalk


"The Wizard of Oz" memorabilia brought in big bucks during a weekend auction.

Photos and Videos
More Photos and Videos

An auction for Hollywood memorabilia from

Debbie Reynolds' personal collection

exceeded expectations Saturday.

Judy Garland's Dorothy test dress from "The Wizard of Oz" was estimated to sell between $60,000 and $80,000. After taxes, it was sold for $1,119,000.

Dorothy's test ruby red slippers, which were estimated to sell between $120,000 and $150,000, went for $627,000 including tax.

Charlie Chaplin bowler hat was estimated at $20,000 to $30,000. It sold for $135,300.

Harpo Marx's hat and wig were estimated at $20,000 to $30,000. They sold for $55,350.

Profiles in History

was selling the legendary actress' private, movie memorabilia. It is said to be the most comprehensive private collection in the world, valued at millions of dollars.

"I wanted to build a museum for the public... which I was never able to raise the money for. That's why you are seeing this auction," Reynolds said. "I think it's sad, but I think it's the only way it can happen. It's the only way I can save it. I can't maintain it anymore."

For 40 years, the actress attended auctions, buying the most prized props, costumes, scripts and film cameras used by the giants of cinema: MGM, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros and Paramount.

The auction was

streamed live online


Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
Leave Comments
What's New
Running Dry
Coverage of the California drought. Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out