Judge Blocks Auction of Judy Garland’s Wizard of Oz Dress Over Ownership Claims

May 26, 2022

It was announced last year that a dress worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz would be going up for auction and was expected to fetch in excess of $1 million. Having been discovered in a trash bag in 2021 after being thought lost for many years, the dress was initially given to drama professor Father Gilbert Hartke at Catholic University and was found earlier this year in a box in a storage room at the school. Father Hartke passed away in 1986, and this is one of the factors that seems to have left the dress undiscovered for so long. Now it seems a claim of ownership by Hartke’s niece has caused the auction to be postponed, under the ruling of a Manhattan Judge.

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