"And think to yourself there’s no place like home...there’s no place like home..."
Who can forget that great moment in the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy — a 16-year-old Judy Garland — taps her ruby slippers together and magically returns to Kansas?
Well, now, after a long time away, those slippers are also coming home — almost. They’ll go on public display at the Academy’s Museum of Motion Pictures, when it makes its grand opening on Wilshire Boulevard.
But getting those slippers wasn’t easy, or cheap.
A costumer on the MGM lot sold them at auction decades ago. Their current estimated value? $2 million. Which is where Leonardo DiCaprio and Steven Spielberg came in.
They led a group of angel donors, who came up with the money that helped the Academy get the iconic slippers for their collection.
While a total of four pairs were made for the movie, these are the real deal — the pair you see in that famous close-up when Dorothy clicks her way into movie history.