Wizard of Oz Ruby Slippers Acquired for Academy Museum of Motion Pictures

Posted on February 22, 2012

Wizard of Oz Witches Shoes Ruby Slippers

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has acquired a pair of the iconic ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio led a group of donors whose gifts to the Academy Foundation enabled the purchase. Donations also came from producer-director Steven Spielberg and Terry Semel, co-chair of LACMA and the former chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. and Yahoo!.

Academy CEO Dawn Hudson says, "Leo's passionate leadership has helped us bring home this legendary piece of movie history. 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."

These slippers, known as the "Witch's Shoes," are in the most pristine condition of the four pairs of ruby slippers known to exist. They are called the "Witch's Shoes" because they are likely the pair seen on the feet of the Wicked Witch of the East after Dorothy's house falls on her. The Academy says it is believed that these are the slippers Judy Garland wore in close-ups and insert shots.

Photo: Profiles in History / Lou Bustamante