Monday, June 20, 2011

"Dorothy" Dress Sells at Auction for $1.1Million

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. 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. - NBC

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