One of the four original pairs (said to be the most well-maintained) from 1939′s The Wizard Of Oz was purchased for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Museum (not yet opened. Leonardo DiCaprio is the primary benefactor in the purchase of the shoes, which were said to have been used to the most during filming for close-ups.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, other benefactors of the shoes, which were kept in MGM’s Culver City lot for 30 years after production wrapped, include Steven Speilberg and LACMA co-char Terry Semel.
“Leo’s passionate leadership has helped us bring home this legendary piece of movie history,” the Academy’s CEO Dawn Hudson said. “It’s a wonderful gift to the Academy museum project, and a perfect representation of the work we do year-round to preserve and share our film heritage.”
I would DIE to prance around my apartment in those. ”Just doin’ the dishes in my ruby slippers. NBD.”