Photo Associated Press: Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers, from the “Wizard of Oz” are seen on display as part of a new exhibit, “American Stories,” at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, Wednesday, April 11, 2012. The National Museum of American History will open a new exhibit featuring iconic objects from pop culture along with objects dating back to the Pilgrims’ arrival in 1620. “American Stories” will be a new chronology of U.S. history from the first encounters of Europeans and Native Americans to the 2008 presidential election. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Dorothy’s slippers were stolen in the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota back in August 2005. The famous slippers were worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz in 1939. The slippers remain stolen nearly a decade after the night when the glittery slippers went missing.
Recently, media announced that anonymous fan is offering $ 1 million for Dorothy’s slippers to be returned. The offer has been verified to be authentic and the museum only revealed that the anonymous person offering reward is big the Wizard of Oz fan from Arizona. The reward goes to anyone who knows the exact location of the shoes and names of culprits who stole the shoes.
The slippers were insured for $1 million and they are worth $2 to $3 million. It is assumed that they were stolen by a passionate collector or by someone who was interested in selling Dorothy’s slippers. Karen Owens from the International Wizard of Oz club said: “Why would you take away such a beautiful piece of movie history when you are just going to have to keep them on a shelf or throw them in the trash?”
Three other pairs can still be seen, one pair is in Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC.
Gildshire Editor, Elvira Barucija