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Judy Garland ‘Wizard of Oz’ Dorothy dress may not go up for auction after lawsuit filed by Wisconsin woman

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CHICAGO — A dress worn by Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz” might not go up for auction soon after a lady in Wisconsin filed a lawsuit declaring she is its rightful operator.

A blue gingham pinafore gown that Garland wore as Dorothy is set to be auctioned to elevate money for the Benjamin T. Rome Faculty of Tunes, Drama, and Artwork at the Catholic College of The us in Washington, DC.

The dress, regarded as shed for a long time, was rediscovered last yr in a shoebox at the university’s drama department.

It experienced been gifted in the 1970s to the university’s then head-of drama, Rev. Gilbert Hartke, by actress Mercedes McCambridge, a contemporary of Garland’s, the university explained.

The woman claims Hartke was her uncle, and the dress is rightfully hers.

International auction dwelling Bonhams is set to function the gown in its “Traditional Hollywood: Film and Tv” sale. The exceptional piece of Hollywood record is envisioned to market for involving $800,000 to $1.2 million, Bonhams stated in a news release.

Memorabilia from the beloved film has been auctioned for sky-large price ranges in advance of: Bonhams bought the first Cowardly Lion costume for over $3 million in 2014, and yet another costume worn by Judy Garland fetched about $1.5 million at a Bonhams auction in 2015.

The “lost” dress is significantly distinctive because it retains the white shirt worn beneath the pinafore — a person of only two of Garland’s costumes to preserve this characteristic, the auction property said. It was worn by Garland during the scene when Dorothy faces the Wicked Witch of the West in the witch’s castle, claimed Bonhams.

“Discovering this historic costume was a unforgettable moment for The Catholic College of The usa and we are happy to current it for auction, so that the upcoming collector can individual a piece of historical past,” mentioned Jacqueline J. Leary-Warsaw, dean of the Benjamin T. Rome University of New music, Drama, and Art.

The auction for the gown is scheduled for May 24 in Los Angeles, the university stated in a information launch.

ABC7Chicago contributed to this report

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