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Woman says Judy Garland’s ‘Wizard of Oz’ dress, about to be auctioned, belongs to her

The college stated that it hadn’t been served with the lawsuit or request for an injunction on the public sale, however that “witnesses, together with a descendant of one of Father Hartke’s siblings, have come ahead confirming that the costume was by no means half of Father Hartke’s property and was at all times owned by the College.”

Judy Garland as Dorothy, with Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch of the West.

Judy Garland as Dorothy, with Margaret Hamilton because the Depraved Witch of the West.

The costume is scheduled to be displayed in Los Angeles Could 20-24 by Bonhams, the public sale home in cost of promoting the merchandise, after which offered on Could 24. Additionally up on the market by Bonhams that day will be a swimsuit worn by Steve McQueen in The Getaway (estimated value $US10,000-$US15,000) and a pair of pants made for Marlon Brando in The Younger Lions (estimated value $US800-$US1200).

Bonhams can be named as a defendant in Hartke’s swimsuit. The corporate declined to touch upon Friday.

The final time one of Garland’s gingham clothes from the film offered was in 2015, for $US1.5 million.

The donation of the costume to Catholic in 1973 was a news-making occasion, partially as a result of it was donated by Oscar-winning actress Mercedes McCambridge, who was then an artist-in-residence on the faculty’s drama division. McCambridge had been shut to Garland, and each had endured drug and alcohol addictions. Garland died in 1969 on the age of 47.

In an article within the faculty newspaper, The Tower, McCambridge stated that Garland “typically spoke of school and ‘the way it all may have been totally different’ if she had made it there”.

The authorized filings from either side state that Gilbert Hartke was a famend determine who guided actors reminiscent of Jon Voight and Henry Gibson and helped counsel McCambridge with her substance abuse issues.

In honor of Garland, McCambridge donated the Dorothy costume to Hartke and Catholic in hopes that it might be “a supply of hope, power and braveness to the scholars,” the Tower article acknowledged.

The costume ultimately disappeared, apparently handed from Gilbert Hartke to Thomas Donahue, a now-retired drama professor, who left it for lecturer Matt Ripa. It acquired stashed atop a row of school mailboxes, and Ripa occurred to uncover it final yr.

Barbara Hartke’s lawsuit focuses on the private relationship that her uncle had with McCambridge and says that the costume was a present “to thank Hartke for his counselling and assist.” Hartke argues that there isn’t a documentation that the costume was ever formally or informally donated to the college, and that Catholic made no effort to contact her earlier than placing it up on the market.

Barbara Hartke’s lawyer, Anthony Scordo III, didn’t reply to a request for remark. Hartke advised the New York Put up: “I met Mercedes McCambridge a couple of occasions and my reminiscence is generally of her fondness for Uncle Gib. He helped her battle alcoholism. . . . That was the thought, that this was gifted to Gib from her out of deep appreciation.”

The attorneys for Catholic College, Amin Al-Sarraf and Shawn Brenhouse, famous in a letter to the federal courtroom in New York that the college “has an unrebutted presumption of possession via possession of the costume for practically 50 years,” in addition to the obvious lack of declare to any private or actual property by Gilbert Hartke on the time of his dying. They be aware that Hartke by no means took the costume house, even after he retired in 1974.

“The College’s analysis of contemporaneous sources and the proof,” Al-Sarraf and Brenhouse stated in a press release Friday, “absolutely demonstrates Ms. McCambridge’s intent to donate the costume to assist the drama college students at Catholic College. The criticism supplies no proof to the opposite . . . Fr. Hartke’s property doesn’t have a property curiosity in it.”

After the costume was discovered, Catholic College stated it might protect it in its particular collections. However later, the college determined to promote it.

“Whereas parting with this costume is bittersweet the proceeds are going to assist assist future generations coaching for skilled careers in theatre,” Jacqueline Leary-Warsaw, dean of the Benjamin T. Rome College of Music, Drama and Artwork at Catholic, stated in a press release revealed by Bonhams. “It’d simply be that the funding helps to put together the following Mercedes McCambridge or Judy Garland!”

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