Ruby Slippers - Since the
classic movie The Wizard of Oz (1939) has been seen so many times on
television, Dorothy's ruby slippers have earned a space in the world
of TV trivia. At least four (some say five) official pairs exist.
The first (one of twelve certified pairs used in screen tests or in
the film) and most visited are on exhibit at the Smithsonian
Institution in Washington, D.C.
A second pair have been put on
display at the new Disney/MGM Studios attraction in Florida. Ted
Turner owns a replica made from the original mold owned by Western
Costume, and another pair of slippers are sometimes displayed in the
gallery of St. Louis art dealer Philip Samuels located at 8112
Maryland Avenue. He reportedly paid $165,000 for the pair in 1988.
In June of 1989, a pair of ruby slippers traveled with the MCA
"Magic of Hollywood" tour promoting the book release of "The Ruby
Slippers of Oz" by Rhys Thomas.
TRIVIA NOTE: In the original L. Frank Baum novel The Wonderful
Wizard of Oz (1900), the slippers were actually silver in color.
When the Technicolor movie version was being made, it was decided
that ruby slippers would photograph better than silver, and the rest
is history. Click your heels and repeat after me "There's no place
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