In The Wizard Oz, Dorothy was pretty sure she wasn't in Kansas anymore, unfortunately no one has any idea where her iconic ruby red slippers might be today.
Early on the morning of August 28, 2005, a pair of slippers worn by Dorothy in the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz went missing from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Despite widespread news reporting and police investigations, no traces of the slippers, which play a major role in the movie, have ever been found.
Check out the red slippers in action in this iconic Wizard of Oz scene:
The case went cold a long time ago, and now it appears it has fallen on an anonymous donor to spearhead the search for the priceless pieces of movie memorabilia. A well-monied Wizard of Oz fan from Arizona is offering a reward of $1 million to anyone who can provide "credible information" that leads to the "exact location of the slippers and the perpetrator's name."
At the time of the theft almost 10 years ago, Michael Shaw, the collector who loaned the shoes to the museum, spoke of the wide negative impact the theft of the shoes would have. He explained:
"It's the worst nightmare for me. The theft is not only a crime against me, but against children. Those shoes have been used to raise money for AIDS, for helping get kids off the street, reading programs, and for children with Down's syndrome and autism."
Four other pairs of sequined slippers are known to exist, with one set included on display in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington. The slippers which were stolen were insured for $1 million, although John Kelsch, the executive director of the Judy Garland Museum, claims they could make $2 million to $3 million at auction. However, the shoes are so iconic, and the legal heat surrounding them is so great, that it is unlikely the thief (or whoever actually has them) would have much luck selling them within the developed world.