LOS ANGELES, SEPTEMBER 27, 2011- There is no more iconic piece of movie memorabilia than the Ruby Red Slippers from The Wizard of Ozand the pair up for auction are not only screen used but the pair used when Dorothy clicks her heels together three times to return home to Kansas. You certainly won’t be in Kansas anymore when the famed pair of slippers is on the auction block during Profiles in History’s three day “Icons of Hollywood” auction which takes place December 15, 16 & 17 at a location which will be released in the following weeks. Profiles in History, run by Joe Maddalena, is the famed auction house that represented the Debbie Reynolds Collection this summer, destroying Guinness World Records with $23,000,000 in sales results.

It’s been said by Rhys Thomas in his book The Ruby Slippers of Oz, “They were much more than just a piece of Hollywood memorabilia, much more than a valuable piece of industry history. They transcended Hollywood, to the point where they represented the powerful image of innocence to all America.”

There are four pairs of screen used Ruby Slippers known to have survived the seventy years since the making of The Wizard of Oz. One pair is the center piece of the Icons of American Culture exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History and is one of the most asked about artifacts at the museum. So viewed are these slippers that the carpet in front of them has had to be replaced numerous times due to the crush of shoes that have brought visitors from all over the world to see their glimmer. Another pair was unfortunately stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, and will likely never be recovered. The third pair is in private hands and will not be reaching the market any time soon.

The final fourth pair up for auction are marked on the inside lining, “#7 Judy Garland” and the leather soles are painted red on the bottom. The lack of felt, in addition to light, circular scuffs evident on the soles indicate their use in the extra-close-up or “insert” shots when Judy Garland taps her heels together at the film’s climax. Author Rhys Thomas recently commented on this particular pair of slippers stating, “There’s no question in my mind that they are the crème-de-la-crème of all ruby slippers.”  Their condition is near mint. This pair has exhibited at the Smithsonian, while their pair went on loan and was the cornerstone of the Library of Congress exhibition in 2000 entitled, “The Wizard of Oz: an American Fairy Tale,” celebrating the centennial of the publication of America’s most beloved home-grown fairy tale. They have a presale estimate of $2,000,000-3,000,000 with more information about the auction to be released in the coming weeks.


About Profiles in History
Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the nation’s leading dealer in guaranteed-authentic original historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts.  Born into a family of antiques dealers in Rhode Island, Joseph “Joe” Maddalena learned early on how to turn his passion of collecting historical autographs into a career. Needing to support himself, Joe turned to his hobby of buying and selling historical documents as a potential way to earn revenue. On weekends he scoured old Hollywood bookstores for letters and rare books. Upon graduation from Pepperdine, Joe pursued his passion to become a full-time dealer of historical documents, and opened his first office in 1985. A lifetime member of the Manuscript Society, Joe is widely recognized as the nation’s leading authority on entertainment memorabilia and historical documents. Profiles in History has held some of the most prestigious and successful auctions of Hollywood memorabilia, establishing itself as the world’s largest auctioneer of original Hollywood memorabilia.  With an extensive network of dealers, collectors, and institutions, they are proud to play an important role in the preservation of motion picture history. Prior Profiles in History Hollywood auctions highlights include the “Cowardly Lion” costume from The Wizard of Oz ($805,000); a full-scale model T-800 Endoskeleton from Terminator 2: Judgment Day($488,750); Marilyn Monroe’s “Diamonds” dress from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes ($356,500); Luke Skywalker’s light saber from Star Wars ($240,000); Margaret Hamilton’s “Wicked Witch” hat from The Wizard Of Oz ($230,000); and The Invisible Man 1933 one-sheet movie poster ($230,000).

Profiles in History’s location in Calabasas Hills, CA– virtually a stone’s throw away from every major Hollywood studio – ensures a constant flow of fantastic and rare collectibles. With an extensive network of dealers, collectors, and institutions, they are proud to play an important role in the preservation of motion picture history.