A dress worn by Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz” up for auction
Bonhams will give away a blue and white gingham dress worn by actress Judy Garland in the film The Wizard of Ozon behalf of the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, next month.
Proceeds from the auction, estimated at between US$800,000 and US$1.2 million, will benefit the university’s theater program, according to Bonhams.
Garland wore the costume, one of four in existence, when her character Dorothy Gale battled the Wicked Witch of the West in the Witch’s Castle in the 1939 film. The Wizard of Oz received critical acclaim and was nominated for six Oscars. (It won one for Best Original Score).
The dress, one of two that still includes a white blouse, was donated to the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, by Mercedes McCambridge, a Hollywood actress and artist-in-residence at the university in 1973, but was absent from the 1980s until its recent rediscovery.
“While parting with this dress is bittersweet, the proceeds will help support the training of future generations for professional careers in theater,” said Jacqueline J. Leary-Warsaw, Dean of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music. , Drama, and Art at the university, said in a statement via Bonhams. “The funding may help prepare the next Mercedes McCambridge or Judy Garland.”
The dress will be offered at a Bonhams sale dedicated to film and television memorabilia on May 24 in Los Angeles.
Separately, the auction house will offer 200 pieces of jewelry, including 70 pieces from Tiffany & Co., from the estate of George and Charlotte Shultz on May 23 at its New York auction house.
The collection includes some of the iconic jewelry worn by Charlotte Shultz, who served as San Francisco’s chief of protocol for more than fifty years, to meet Queen Elizabeth II, Pope John Paul II and countless world leaders. Shultz has also served on the board of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Ballet, and several other organizations.
Her husband, George, served as Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan and served in four different cabinet positions under three presidents.
The collection is highlighted by two Tiffany & Co. necklaces designed by French jewelry designer Jean Schlumberger. The “Hedges and Rows” necklace in yellow beryl, turquoise and diamonds is estimated at US$150,000-200,000, while the “Scarf” necklace in emeralds, sapphires and diamonds is expected to sell for US$100,000-150,000.
“She dressed to perfection for black tie galas and was equally stylish for a fundraising picnic, and she always had the perfect jewelry to complete any ensemble,” said Emily Waterfall, jewelry director at Bonhams Los Angeles, in a statement. “It is a privilege to tell their story and offer their collection for sale.”
The couple died last year, he at 100 and she at 88.