Dorothy's ruby slippers from 'The Wizard of Oz' found 13 years after they were stolen: FBI
The slippers, which were worn by Garland in the 1939 film, disappeared from the Judy Garland Museum in the actress' hometown of Grand Rapids, Minnesota in August 2005
The famous red sequined slippers worn by acrress Judy Garland as Dorothy in 'The Wizard of Oz' have finally been found after 13 years since their theft from the Judy Garland Museum, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said. Reports state that the authorities at the FBI Minneapolis headquarters are set to reveal the details of the shoes' recovery on Tuesday afternoon. It is still not clear where the slippers will be placed now, or if anyone will be charged for the theft, according to CNN.
The slippers, which were worn by Garland in the 1939 film, disappeared from the Judy Garland Museum in the actress' hometown of Grand Rapids, Minnesota in the middle of the night in August 2005.
The museum's co-founder Hon Miner, while talking to CNN affiliate KQDS in 2015, had said: "The biggest thing that ever happened to our museum was getting the slippers stolen. We were literally crying."
The slippers were valued at $2 million to $3 million at the time they were stolen and were thought to be able to fetch up to $5 million at auction. Reports state that, considering their value, it would have been hard for anyone to hide the pair or to try to sell them on the black market.
Journalist Rhys Thomas, in a 2016 documentary titled 'The Slippers', had said: "Whoever has them, illicitly, has their hands full with them. One way or another, over the course of time, the shoes will out you."
Reports state that the slippers were loaned to the Judy Garland Museum for Grand Rapids' annual 'Wizard of Oz' festival in 2005 by memorabilia collector Michael Shaw. The collector, in 'The Slippers', had said that he had rejected the museum's offer to store the precious pair in a vault each night because he did not want people to handle the delicate shoes by moving them daily. Shaw, however, added in the film: "Most importantly, I was assured that the museum had security."
The slippers were found stolen by museum staff in 2005 when they arrived in the morning to find the pair missing from a glass case which was smashed to bits. Reports state that the alarm had been tripped, however, police dispatch did not receive a signal somehow.
There was also a theory that someone threw the slippers in a nearby lake and the museum acted on the theory ten years later as divers scoured the depths of the Tioga Mine Pit Lake to look for the pair but ultimately did not find them.