Model of Dorothy’s Kansas home from ‘Wizard of Oz’ skyrocketed to $556K at Studio Auctions

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MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. — A handmade miniature of Dorothy Gale’s Kansas home, created for the terrifying tornado scene in the 1939 MGM classic The Wizard of Oz, battled its way to an astounding hammer price of $445,000 ($556,250 with buyer’s premium) at Studio Auctions on October 7. Complete sale results are available at LiveAuctioneers.

With an estimate of $100,000-$200,000, the Hollywood miniature was anticipated to be the top lot in the sale. A long and furious bidding session drove the model well beyond that range, making it one of the top items ever sourced from the classic film. (A pair of Dorothy’s ruby slippers, from the Debbie Reynolds collection, sold for $510,000 in 2011.)

As one of three models built and used in the tornado special effects sequence, this example is the only survivor. It features an MGM property label affixed to its interior, and was sold to a collector directly by an MGM executive in 1970, as detailed by the original bill of sale and interoffice memorandum on the private collector’s purchase. It was further authenticated by Arnold Gillespie, the special effects supervisor for The Wizard of Oz, in 1973.
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Miniature of Dorothy Gale’s Kansas house, used in special effects filming for 1939’s ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ which sold for $445,000 ($556,250 with buyer’s premium) at Studio Auctions.
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MGM property tag on the miniature of Dorothy Gale’s Kansas house, used in special effects filming for 1939’s ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ which sold for $445,000 ($556,250 with buyer’s premium) at Studio Auctions.
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Documentation of the miniature of Dorothy Gale’s Kansas house, used in special effects filming for 1939’s ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ which sold for $445,000 ($556,250 with buyer’s premium) at Studio Auctions.
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Classic silver screen costumes, props encore at Heritage, Dec. 17

Wicked Witch of the West hourglass from ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ estimated at $640,000-$960,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Wicked Witch of the West hourglass from ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ estimated at $640,000-$960,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions
Wicked Witch of the West hourglass from ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ estimated at $640,000-$960,000. Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions

DALLAS – Go ahead – pull back the curtain. When you do, pay plenty of attention to the history waiting behind it. In Heritage Auctions’ Dec. 17 Hollywood & Entertainment Signature® Auction, cinephiles and collectors will find hundreds of costumes, vehicles and props from some of the most momentous and treasured films of all time – even a Holy Grail. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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