Guess it was somewhere over the shoebox! Nearly 50 years have passed since the iconic Wizard of Oz shook the world of television and beyond introducing not only a young Judy Garland but also the magic of the Technicolor: who could forget the legendary step of the little Dorothy into the colorful world of Oz, leaving behind the grey Kansas?
The famous blue and white dress worn by Garland became an instant classic. Many copies and costumes were made to recreate the look but only one from the set survived during the years. Until now.
In 1973, after the release of the movie, one of the original dresses from the set was given to Father Gilbert Hartke, a priest in charge of the drama department at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. However he later lost the dress, which wasn't found until now, hidden in an old shoebox.
The vintage piece has gained extreme value and has now become a gem for many collectors. Right now the dress is on display at Bonham's auction house in New York, and soon will be sold at the "Bonhams Classic Hollywood: Film and Television” auction: it expects to gain $1.2 million from the sale, which will be used to fund a new film program.