Stolen 'Wizard of Oz' ruby slippers finally recovered

Sep 05, 2018, 01:26
Stolen 'Wizard of Oz' ruby slippers finally recovered

The FBI said that the red slippers, stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Minnesota in 2005, have been recovered after 13 years.

The slippers were stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in 2005 when someone went through a window and smashed into the small display case.

U.S. authorities announced they have recovered the famous sequined shoes - one of four pairs worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 American classic film.

Since the slippers were recovered in July, they have been transported to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. There, conservators conducted an in-depth examination and analysis, identifying wear and details unique to their 1939 film appearance.

The once-missing slippers are owned by collector Michael Shaw, who lent the slippers to the Judy Garland Museum every year.

Ten years later, the museum worked with the Itasca County Sheriff's Dive Team to address the theory that someone had thrown the slippers in a nearby lake.

The slippers are one of four pairs of ruby red slippers worn by Garland in the movie that are known to exist.

FBI Special Agent in Charge-Minneapolis Division Jill Sanborn says while investigators have identified suspects and have executed multiple search warrants in Minnesota and Florida, they are seeking to identify additional people connected to the heist.

"They're an enduring symbol of the power of belief", Johnson said. Tips flowed in over the years - including one from a psychic just last month - but they led either nowhere or to counterfeits. One is housed in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, where they were removed from display in 2016 and a crowdfunding campaign was launched to cover the huge cost - hundreds of thousands of dollars - to restore them.

Authorities shed little light on what happened to them at a televised news conference Tuesday, announcing only that they had recovered the famous pair. In 1970, a costumer named Kent Warner found them and sold off several pairs of the slippers.

"The slippers are a major attraction for our museum". Toward the end of the movie, Glinda the Good Witch reveals to Dorothy that her magic slippers can take her back home.

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Insured for $1m (£780,000), police initially offered a $250,000 (£195,000) reward for the shoes and in 2015 a fan in Arizona then offered another $1m.