Bonhams Auctions Off Original Wizard of Oz Items, Sells for Millions

Article written by Angela Hydes, Marketing and Content Contributor. Follow us at @TALGroup.

IMAGE: Bonhams NYC
IMAGE: Bonhams NYC

On Monday, Bonhams put to auction a small collection of original Wizard of Oz memorabilia. The auction, titled “TCM… There’s No Place Like Hollywood” included multiple iconic Hollywood items, including Clark Gable’s riding coat from “Gone With The Wind” and the Cowardly Lion costume worn by Bert Lahr in the 1939 film. The lion costume’s face is a sculpted likeliness of the late actor, and the item’s condition is excellent. On Monday, it sold for just over $3 million.

A spokesman for costume owner James Comisor says a secondary costume used in the film sold at auction in recent years for close to $1 million. Comisor has collected a trove of TV memorabilia from shows that include “I Love Lucy” and “Lost”. He says he plans to use the money from the Cowardly Lion costume to exhibit his collection [via CP24]. Other items in the auction included Dorothy’s “Test” dress, and various other items from iconic Hollywood movies. In the same auction, the “Casablanca” upright piano took over $3.4 million. To view some other items from the auction, click the images below.

There is something so sentimental about all these items. Long gone are the golden days of Hollywood.

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