‘Wizard of Oz’ prop set to fetch $200,000

He traveled to the Emerald City with Dorothy, the Lion and Judy Garland’s Scarecrow to find a heart. Now one of Tin Man’s oil cans from the classic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz is being auctioned off in what is believed to be the last remaining part of the famous costume to be sold.

The oil can belonged to actor Jack Haley who played Hickory, a friend of Dorothy’s uncle before he turned into Tin Man in Dorothy’s dream.

One of the film’s essential props, along with Dorothy’s ruby ​​slippers, the oil can was used to loosen the Tin Man after he rusted when Dorothy first encountered him. She then oils him up some more so he can sing his famous song, If I only had one heart.

Although there is confusion as to whether there were three or five oil cans used as props, the can sold by GWS Auctions was the one originally presented to Haley at the end of filming and is currently on display. at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

A piece of Hollywood history

The oil can is expected to fetch up to $200,000 and remains the final piece of the Tin Man costume, which is believed to have been lost.

While the winning bidder will own the object, the museum has requested that they leave it as part of the permanent exhibit there, with insurance coverage worth $1 million.

The film, which won five Oscars at the 1940 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Original Score, created many timeless songs and scenes, as well as props, that are still instantly recognizable nine decades after its release.

Dorothy’s ruby ​​slippers, Wicked Witch of the East’s striped tights, flying monkeys, and Dorothy’s picnic basket are all forever associated with the film.

In 2021, one of the blue gingham dresses worn by Judy Garland in the film was found in a trash bag at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. after being missing for many years.

The dress had been given to the former head of the university’s drama department, Gilbert Hartke, in the 1970s.

“I was cleaning my desk to get ready and I noticed above the faculty mailboxes a garbage bag and asked my colleague to hand it to me,” said Matt Ripa, lecturer and coordinator operations for the drama department. website. “On the trash bag was a note for our former president that he found it in his office and must have moved it when he left the president’s office.”

Ripa said: “I was curious what was inside and I opened the bin bag and inside was a shoebox and inside the shoebox was the dress. I couldn’t believe it.”

Three more ‘Wizard of Oz’ items sold at auction

A pair of Dorothy's ruby ​​slippers

1. The Cowardly Lion Costume

The costume worn by Bert Lahr in the film sold for nearly $3.1 million at Bonhams auction house in 2014. It was made of real pelts and fur with a hidden front zipper and tail.

2. Ruby slippers

According to film researchers, there were four pairs of ruby ​​slippers. One pair is in the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, another in the Smithsonian Institution, and a third pair sold at auction for $2 million in 2015.

3. Dorothy’s gingham dress

Sold as part of Bonham’s Treasures from the Dream Factory sale in New York in 2015, one of Dorothy’s dresses fetched $1.56 million, triple what it fetched three years earlier .

Updated: March 11, 2022, 11:35 a.m.

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