Judy Garland Wizard of Oz dress sells for record $1.5m

A dress worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz has sold for an "Oz" memorabilia record $1.5m at Bonhams New York.

The piece starred in the TCM: Treasures from the Dream Factory auction on November 23, soaring past its estimate of $1.2m.

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The dress is one of seven that appear onscreen in the Wizard of Oz

The classic blue gingham pinafore and blouse combo displays Garland's name on the inner label. It was formerly owned by noted costume collector Kent Warner and is one of very few complete Dorothy costumes.

It previously sold for $480,000 at Julien's in 2012 - equating to growth of 46.2% per annum.

Around seven dresses were used in the film, although a number of test dresses also exist - one of which made $910,000 at Profiles in History in 2011.

Steve McQueen's iconic racing suit from the 1971 classic Le Mans made $425,000. 

It's one of three known costumes and was given by the head of production to a graphic designer who worked on the posters for the movie.

McQueen was a skilled driver and motorcyclist and began entering races in the early 1960s. He once said: "I'm not sure whether I'm an actor who races or a racer who acts."

The sale also featured a "Rosebud" sledge from Citizen Kane that sold for $149,000.

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