How Many Pairs of Dorothy's Ruby Red Slippers Exist?

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There are at least five known surviving pairs of Dorothy's ruby red slippers in locations such as museums and private collections. At the time "Wizard of Oz" was filmed in 1939, multiple pairs of the iconic shoes were made, and they were put into storage at the film production company's offices and essentially forgotten for years. The shoes were eventually discovered and have been sold at auctions for hundreds of thousands of dollars, with one pair earning an auction price of more than $660,000.

One private collector, who paid $15,000 for a pair of Dorothy's iconic, sparkly red shoes in the 1970s, eventually donated those slippers to the Smithsonian Institute, where they have been on public display at various times since 1979. One pair was housed in the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, but they were stolen from the museum in 2005. The red slippers are unique to the film; in the original "Wizard of Oz" book, Dorothy's slippers are described as being silver.