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Dorothy’s $6 million ruby slippers from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ are the most expensive piece of pop culture ever — but 12 more collectibles came close

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Dorothy’s ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz” are on sale for $6 million — the highest-ever price for pop culture memorabilia.
The Cowardly Lion’s costume from “The Wizard of Oz” is already one of the most expensive film costumes ever sold.
Two Marilyn Monroe dresses are among the most expensive pieces of memorabilia ever sold.

Dorothy’s ruby slippers from”The Wizard of Oz” are looking for a new home.

Actress Judy Garland wore the shoes in the 1939 film and they’re now on sale by Moments In Time for $6 million. The slippers had previously been on exhibit at Disney World for over a decade. Several other pairs of the slippers exist, including a pair that was stolen in 2005 and never found. 

The authentication document for the $6 million pair says the shoes are “rimmed in 46 rhinestones, surrounding 42 bugle beads and the three larger (rectangular) jewels centered in a line.”

While no movie prop or costume has ever sold publicly for more than $6 million, there have been several pieces of memorabilia that were auctioned off for seven figures. 

Take a look at these 12 pieces of memorabilia from movies, TV, and sports which each sold for at least $3 million.

Mark McGwire’s 70th home run ball: $3 million
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In the summer of 1998, baseball fans across the country watched Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire try to break Roger Maris’ single-season home-run record. Eventually, both players broke Maris’ record of 61 home runs, which had stood since 1961.

Sosa ended the year with 66 home runs and McGwire hit an even 70. Even though it wasn’t the home run that broke the record, comic book millionaire Todd McFarlane purchased McGwire’s 70th home run ball for $3 million. He also owns McGwire’s 67th, 68th, and 69th, and Sosa’s 66th home run balls.

The Cowardly Lion’s costume: $3.1 million

The ruby slippers are not the only sought-after costume from “The Wizard of Oz.” Dorothy’s dress from the movie sold for over $1.5 million, but another character’s wear has sold for more.

Actor Bert Lahr donned this costume made of actual lion skin and fur for the 1939 film. He sung “If I Were King of the Forrest” and found his courage in this costume.

Bonhams auctioned off this piece of movie history in 2014 for $3 million.

Honus Wagner T206: $3.1 million
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The most famous baseball card of all time is also the most expensive. There is an entire book dedicated to the card and it has arguably overshadowed Wagner’s Hall of Fame playing career. 

Only 57 of the cards are known to exist and few are in good condition considering they were printed between 1909 and 1911. At one time, hockey legend Wayne Gretzky owned one of the mint condition copies.

The record price for a trading card was by one of these T206 in 2016 for $3.12 million.

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