It was recently announced that a group of “angel donors”, led by Leonardo DiCaprio and including legendary director Steven Spielberg, have purchased an iconic pair of ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz. Although a price has not been divulged, some have estimated their value at auction as between $2 and $3 million.
No, the group didn’t buy the slippers as an investment and they’re not slated for one of their private collections. Instead, the mega star of such hits as Titanic, Aviator and Inception, along with rest of the high-profile do-gooders, have graciously donated Dorothy’s magical shoes to Los Angeles’ as-yet-unopened Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
Dawn Hudson, Academy CEO, expressed her gratitude, telling Access Hollywood “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.”
The pair of slippers in question is one of four known remaining pairs used in the 1939 film, and is believed to be the set worn by Judy Garland in several close-ups, including the scene where Dorothy clicks her heels three times to return home to Kansas. Another pair resides at the Smithsonian museum in Washington, D.C.
“The ruby slippers occupy an extraordinary place in the hearts of movie audiences the world over,” said Bob Iger, who chairs the museum’s capital campaign. “This is a transformative acquisition for our collection.”
It seems the Tin Man isn’t the only one associated with the iconic film who has a heart. Kudos to you, Mr. DiCaprio and friends.