Stolen 'Wizard of Oz' ruby slippers recovered with help of ND officials

Emmett Rice
September 5, 2018

After the recovery in July, the Federal Bureau of Investigation transported the slippers to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., where conservators were able to conduct an in-depth examination and analysis, including evidence of wear and details unique to their use in the 1939 film.

The FBI is expected to hold a press conference about the recovery Tuesday; however, a spokesperson for the Grand Rapids Police Department tells Yahoo they can't release much information at this time as it's an "ongoing investigation".

The shoes are thought to be worth several million dollars, but were insured in 2005 for $1 million.

A video from the FBI detailing the investigation, which was carried out with assistance from the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, follows.

The ruby slippers stolen from the Judy Garland Museum more than a decade ago have been found. The missing pair were originally owned by collector Michael Shaw, who got them for $2,000 in 1970. Shaw rejected the museum's offer to store them in a vault each night because he didn't want people handling the delicate shoes by moving them daily, he said in the documentary.

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

Neither the Garland museum's alarm system or video surveillance system were working at the time of the 2005 theft, which Newsweek reported led some people to suspect it was an inside job. Officials declined to disclose the reason for that assignment or any connection the state has to the investigation.

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The shoes are famously connected to the line, "There's no place like home".

Myers said he would handle any prosecution.

The ruby slippers are an iconic piece of cinema, as recognizable as Toto or the Wicked Witch of the West.

In 2015 an anonymous fan of the film offered a $1 million reward for their safe return. In a bit of an interesting twist, it turns out the pair housed at the Smithsonian and the recovered pair are actually mismatched twins.

The search for the famous ruby heels, which Garland wore while playing Dorothy, has taken investigators to a collector's mansion in San Diego and to the bottom of the Tioga Mine Pit, just outside Grand Rapids. Another pair had previously been given to a contest victor in 1940; those were sold them to a private collector in 1988.

The genre-busting Wizard of Oz - presented in black and white, and color - was a box office smash and won multiple Academy Awards, including the Oscars for best picture and best cinematography.

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