Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Ruby Slippers Gone Missing

Apparently four pairs of Ruby Slippers from the original Wizard of Oz film are known to exist. I've seen the pair on display at the Smithsonian.

This past weekend, a pair was stolen from the Childrens Discovery Museum in Grand Rapids, MN, where Judy Garland was born in 1922. The slippers were lent to the museum by a private owner in Los Angeles.

In 2000, one pair sold at Christie's for $666,000.

That's a lotta poppies, but at least the thief won't face the death penalty for swiping some slippers, Dorothy's or not. In 2002, a pair of slippers supposedly worn by the prophet Muhammad were taken from the Badshahi mosque in Pakistan, a country where transgression of blasphemy laws can result in execution.

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