There is arguably not a single pair of shoes that has more legend or nostalgia surrounding them than the famous ruby slippers that Judy Garland wore as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, courtesy of Glinda the Good Witch. They were ill-begotten (the Wicked Witch of the East was smashed by Dorothy’s house), not practical for roaming around a forest full of scary flying monkeys, and magical (or horrifying, depending on how you feel about going home).
The ruby slippers will be available to the highest bidder courtesy of auction Profiles in History on December 16, but you can see them now–up close and in person–at the Solange Azagury-Partridge boutique in NYC (809 Madison Ave). It’s fitting that the jeweler should play host to the glittery kicks–she’s well known for covering her jewelry in rainbow-colored gems (and she even has a rainbow carpet at her store).
A bit more about those ruby slippers: there were actually four pairs used in the film which survived: one is owned by a private owner, one is at the Smithsonian, one was stolen from the Judy Garland Museum (!), and this one that is being auctioned by an undisclosed owner. They’re believed to be the pair that were shot sticking out from under the house, and also used for the close-up in which Dorothy clicked her heels together. Also notable–the soles are painted red. They’re expected to fetch $2 million to $3 million at auction.
They’ll be on display at Solange Azagury-Partridge until the end of the day and the store will also donate 10% of any purchase made through the 11th to charity New Yorkers for Children, which aims to improve the lives of children in foster care in New York City. Just mention New Yorkers for Children.
Because there’s no place like home.