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


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.

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