Style historians, popular culture followers and cinephiles alike had cause to rejoice when the second-ever full costume worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz was found last month in a shoebox at a college’s drama division.
Although it’s believed there are 5 variations of Dorothy’s iconic blue and white pinafore dress, the lately found costume is the second of solely two outfits full with the matching shirt.
Auction home Bonhams listed the costume for US$800,000 to $1,200,000, although a newly filed lawsuit claiming rightful possession over the piece has solid doubt on the auction’s legitimacy.
In accordance with CNBC, Barbara Hartke, who filed the lawsuit Tuesday in New York, claims the dress belongs to her, because it was gifted to her uncle, Rev. Gilbert Hartke, whose property she owns.
Gilbert Hartke was gifted the costume by Mercedes McCambridge, an Academy Award-successful actress and pal of Garland. McCambridge was greatest identified for her roles in The Exorcist and All of the King’s Males, for which she gained an Academy Award.
Gilbert Hartke based the drama division at The Catholic College of America in Washington, D.C., the place McCambridge was an artist-in-residence.
Within the lawsuit, Barbara Hartke’s authorized group argues the college has no proper to auction off the costume as McCambridge “particularly and publicly” gave the dress to her uncle. The swimsuit argues that because of this, the piece of Hollywood historical past is “an asset of the decedent’s property.”
Hartke claims nobody reached out to the property about auctioning the costume. Her authorized group is now pursuing a short-term restraining order or an injunction to cease the sale, based on courtroom paperwork.
The Catholic College informed Forbes the college is reviewing the lawsuit’s allegations and can present further data “after a radical overview of the criticism.”
In accordance with Bonhams, “The dress worn by Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale all through the scene set within the Witch’s Citadel, when the Depraved Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) has captured Dorothy and threatens her with loss of life.”
A label contained in the dress studying JUDY GARLAND 4223 (and several other different components like stitching, clasps and a hidden pocket) proved the costume’s legitimacy.
Bonhams has but to reply publicly concerning the auction of the costume.
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