Has anyone checked the Wicked Witch of the West's closet?
A pair of ruby red slippers worn by Judy Garland in 1939's The Wizard of Oz are still missing from the Judy Garland Museum in the late actress' hometown of Grand Rapids, Minn. The museum's executive director, John Kelsch, says an anonymous donor has offered a $1 million reward for information leading to their recovery.
The offer requires the exact location of the slippers and the perpetrator's name.
Kelsch says the donor lives in Arizona and is a big fan of the film.
Garland's name is handwritten inside the iconic slippers.
The slippers were insured for $1 million and could be worth between $2 million and $3 million. Police said they were stolen on Aug. 28, 2005. The person or persons used a bat to smash the glass case but stole nothing else at the time of the crime.
Four pairs of slippers exist, including one on display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. David Elkouby bought a pair for more than $600,000 in 2000. Leonardo DiCaprio bought another during a 2012 auction, paying a reported $2 million. Multiple slippers were made in variations for the movie. However, the total number of slippers made for The Wizard of Oz is unknown. According to The Los Angeles Times, the shoes were Size 5 or Size 6, "varying between B and D widths."
As iconic as the movie's slippers are today, in L. Frank Baum's original novels, Dorothy Gale's shoes were silver. One of the film's screenwriters decided to change the color to red so they would pop against the Yellow Brick Road. Gilbert Adrian, MGM Studios' chief costume designer at the time, designed the ruby red slippers.
If anyone has information regarding the slippers' whereabouts or details of their theft, contact the Grand Rapids Minnesota Police Department at (218) 326-3464.