Wicked Witch of the West hat from The Wizard of Oz
805. Margaret Hamilton screen-worn "Wicked Witch of the West" hat from The Wizard of Oz. (M-G-M, 1939) This Adrian-designed screen worn hat is constructed of black wool bunting fabric and has a wide brim supported by an interior steel hoop. Measures 20 in diameter with a 13 ½ in. tall cone-shape head piece that is situated with a rear bias making a 6 ½ in wide brim in the front and extending 5 ¼ in. in the rear. The original black silk scarf is tied around the base of the head piece extending a full 35 in. behind the knot, adding to the evil look of the piece. An incredible, instantly-recognizable garment from The Wizard of Oz, a film which has literally become a national institution—a masterpiece of set design, costuming, choreography, music, storytelling and sheer imagination. This hat was originally acquired at the legendary 1970 David Weisz M-G-M auction and comes with copy of the original bill of sale and was later resold December 16, 1988 at Sotheby's, N.Y. In March of 2008, a Hamilton Wicked Witch hat used only for the melting sequence sold at auction for $208,000. This hat was used in all the key sequences in the film. From 2002 through 2007 this hat was on display at the American Film Institute Showcase Exhibition, "Villains: Movie Characters You Love to Hate" at Disney-MGM Studios, Walt Disney World, Florida. The importance of this cinematic icon cannot be overstated.