FEDERAL authorities say they have recovered a pair of sequined ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz that have been stolen from a museum in her northern Minnesota hometown a lot more than a 10 years back.
The slippers have been taken from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids in August 2005 by another person who climbed by means of a window and broke into the tiny screen circumstance.
The sneakers have been insured for $one million. Regulation enforcement presented an original $250,000 reward, and a admirer in Arizona presented one more $one million in 2015.
The FBI claims a male approached the corporation that experienced insured the sneakers about a 12 months back and explained he experienced information and facts about how the sneakers could be returned. The FBI claims it established up a sting procedure and recovered the slippers.
The slippers’ authenticity was confirmed by evaluating them with one more pair at the Smithsonian’s American background museum in Washington, DC.
4 pairs of ruby slippers worn by Garland in the motion picture are acknowledged to exist. The sneakers are created from about a dozen distinct supplies, such as wooden pulp, silk thread, gelatine, plastic and glass. Most of the ruby color arrives from sequins, but the bows of the sneakers comprise pink glass beads.
The style-busting Wizard of Oz — offered in black and white, and color — was a box place of work smash and received many Academy Awards, such as the Oscars for most effective image and most effective cinematography.
Garland, who was born Frances Gumm, died of a barbiturate overdose in 1969. The Judy Garland Museum, which opened in 1975 in the residence in which she lived, features the world’s greatest assortment of Garland and Wizard of Oz memorabilia.
The FBI claims it has many suspects in the extortion and that the investigation carries on. It claims any one with information and facts about the theft ought to get in contact.