Lost & Found: Judy Garland’s Stolen Ruby Slippers Return Home After Epic Journey!

A pair of iconic ruby slippers, famously worn by Judy Garland in her role as Dorothy Gale in “The Wizard of Oz,” has been returned to its rightful owner after being stolen from a museum dedicated to the actress several years ago.

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agents recently reunited collector Michael Shaw with the cherished shoes at the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Shaw described the experience as akin to reconnecting with a long-lost friend.

However, the reunion will be brief as the slippers are scheduled to embark on a worldwide journey in the coming months before being sold. The Garland Museum hopes to acquire the shoes for display in the museum, located in Garland's childhood home.

The slippers were stolen from the museum in 2005 but were recovered in 2018 during a sting operation in Minneapolis. Two individuals were charged in connection with the theft, with one pleading guilty and the other maintaining innocence. Despite rumors of them being adorned with real rubies, the slippers are actually painted and covered in sequins.

Despite lacking precious gems, the slippers hold significant value, estimated at around $3.5 million by the District Attorney's Office of North Dakota.

“The Wizard of Oz,” released in 1939, is celebrated as one of the greatest films of all time, and Dorothy's ruby slippers remain cherished symbols of the movie's enduring legacy.

Only four pairs of the slippers used in the film are known to exist, one of which is housed at the Smithsonian's National Museum of History. Initially mismatched, these pairs were reunited after the stolen pair was recovered and authenticated by the FBI.

Several pairs have found their way into private collections over the years, including those discovered by an MGM costumer in 1970 and pairs won by fans in contests. Actor Debbie Reynolds also acquired a rare pair of prototype slippers with curly toes that were never used in the film.

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