Skip to main content

Dress worn by MN-born woman sells for $1.5M (OK, it was Judy Garland)

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

A dress worn by a Minnesota-born woman sold for more than expected Monday.

That woman? Judy Garland.

And the dress? The iconic blue-and-white gingham print from "The Wizard of Oz."

Here's the listing from the Bonhams auction house, which calls it "one of the very few complete Dorothy costumes still in existence."

The Guardian says 10 were apparently made, though it's believed Garland only wore two while filming.

The Evening Standard says it had been expected to go for $800,000 to $1.2 million. (It had sold for $480,000 just three years ago.)

An unidentified phone bidder won the auction.

Also, many people seem to be fixating on the fact that it's described as having sweat stains – which you can see on this close-up of the tag.

Garland, if you didn't know, was born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. There's even a museum dedicated to the famed actress there, and an annual "Wizard of Oz" celebration.

All of it despite Garland and her family moving to Los Angeles in 1926, when young Judy was just 4 years old, the museum says.

The museum also held a pair of the iconic ruby red slippers from the film – but they were stolen a decade ago and haven't been located.

Next Up

Seatbelted driver.

Road deaths involving unbelted people rose again in 2021

This is the second year in a row that the number has gone up.

hennepin sheriff hutchinson screengrab facebook

Hennepin Co. Sheriff Dave Hutchinson on paid leave for health reasons

The sheriff, who was recently convicted of drunk-driving, is set to stand down later this year.

Crane Lake

Flooding expected to worsen in MN's Arrowhead region

Hundreds of private homes are at-risk in northern St. Louis County.

St. Paul Police crash

St. Paul police: Kids in stolen car rammed squad, hid in porta-potty

The incident sent the Minnesota Capitol into a brief lockdown.

IMG_7030

Watch: Storm updates after heavy hail slams Twin Cities

Sven Sundgaard is providing an update after Thursday's flash hail storm.

kim crockett facebook sos

MN GOP apologizes over antisemitic sequence in candidate's campaign video

Party leader says candidate didn't know the imagery perpetuated an antisemitic trope.

storm, severe

Tornado, severe thunderstorm watches issued in Minnesota

In addition to possible tornadoes, there is a threat for damaging winds and very large hail.

House sale keys door

High prices, stiff competition putting off homebuyers in Twin Cities

Prices continue to rise in the metro, but there are signs of buyer fatigue.

Screen Shot 2022-05-19 at 1.59.51 PM

Series of explosions at manufacturing plant injures 6 in Wisconsin

The blast rocked the Wisconsin town just before 7:45 a.m.

police lights squad car dark - Unsplash

Medford man dies in Le Sueur County crash

The 49-year-old was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

Denisovan molar

MN researcher part of team behind 'revolutionary' discovery of ancient tooth in Laos

The molar found in a remote cave is believed to have belonged to a Denisovan girl who lived 164,000-130,000 years ago.

Related

Judy Garland's 'Oz' dress to be auctioned

The iconic blue pinafore and white blouse that Minnesota-born Judy Garland wore throughout "The Wizard of Oz" will be auctioned next month in Beverly Hills, Calif., and could fetch $500,000 or more.

For Sale: Judy Garland's ruby slippers

A pair of ruby slippers worn by Minnesota native Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz” are for sale. According to Reuters, they’ll go on the auction block in December -- and may fetch $2 million. They’re one of four pairs used in the making of the 1939 classic.

90 years after Frances Gumm's birth, home tours mark Judy Garland Festival

Judy Garland was still Frances Gumm -- actually "Baby" Gumm -- when she lived in Grand Rapids and joined the family act at the town's vaudeville theater. The designer who restored her childhood home calls it a labor of love and says it's his tribute to the classic musical "Meet Me in St. Louis."

A Judy Garland biopic is in the works

The film will celebrate Garland's voice, her capacity for love, and her "sheer pizzazz."