Who knew that dresses could appreciate in value? We absolutely did not, but it is in fact a truth. Dorothy’s gingham dress from The Wizard of Oz (worn by Judy Garland) has just sold at auction for $2,076,048.
It was first up for auction in 1981 and sold for an undisclosed amount. Then in 2012, it sold for a more modest sum of $638,784. That is a value increase of $1,473,264 over three years.
The dress was described by auctioneers as: “Comprising a blue and white gingham pinafore with a fitted bodice and a full skirt, two mother-of-pearl buttons on the front and two on the back, with a hook-and-eye closure at the back, bearing a bias label inscribed in script, ‘Judy Garland,’ and a short cream-coloured cotton blouse with a high neck, pale blue rickrack trim at the cuffs and neck, hook-and-eye and snap closure at the back, reinforced shoulders, and a bias label inscribed, ‘Judy Garland / 4461’.”
And this kind of fanfare isn’t just for dresses, since the Cowardly Lion’s costume recently sold for $4,125,480, while Dorothy’s ruby slippers took in $2,661,600.
There’s no place like having an obscene amount of money to drop on old clothes.