Recovered Ruby Slippers from ‘Wizard of Oz’ Hit Auction

After a man was charged in the theft, Judy Garland’s stolen ruby slippers are returning to auction. Collector Michael Shaw regained them at a ceremony in the Judy Garland Museum, according to a The Hollywood Reporter article. It reports, 

“After a second man was charged in connection with the theft of a pair of ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz, the shoes worn by Judy Garland are going up for auction.

Collector Michael Shaw, who owned the slippers when they were stolen, was reunited with the priceless piece from the 1939 film on Sunday during a private ceremony at the Judy Garland Museum. He had loaned the pair to the museum in August 2005 for what was meant to be a 10-week viewing tied to the annual Judy Garland Festival, but the shoes were swiped a week later.”

Other pairs of Wizard of Oz slippers are held by various institutions, while Shaw’s pair will tour Los Angeles, New York, London, and Tokyo before auction, with sale dates pending, according to an Audacy article. It says, 

“According to the Dallas Morning News, the other pairs of slippers used in the film are held by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Smithsonian Museum of American History and a private collector.

The tour of Shaw’s slippers will take them through Los Angeles, New York, London, and Tokyo before they hit the auction block, though dates on when the sale occurs were not announced.”

Shaw entrusted the slippers to Dallas-based Heritage Auctions, who will tour them globally before auctioning.