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Reward: $1 mil for safe return of Dorothy’s ruby slippers

Dorothy's Ruby Slippers
Dorothy's Ruby Slippers
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center (The Smithsonian Institute)

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Those famous heels were stolen nearly a decade ago from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minn. Now an anonymous “Wizard of Oz” fan has put up $1 million for anyone with information that could lead to the recovery of what’s considered the most famous footwear in the history of Hollywood.

The slippers belong to a collector named Michael Shaw, and they were loaned to the museum for display. On the morning of August 28, 2005, when Hurricane Katrina was reaching peak strength, the perpetrator(s) apparently broke into the museum and made out with the slippers.


Marc Wanamaker, Hollywood historian and owner of Bison Archives, a production and research consulting organization for motion picture and television studios