Judy Garland's `Wizard of Oz' dress up for auction

Judy Garland's `Wizard of Oz' dress up for auction

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A wax figure of Judy Garland dressed as Dorothy Gale at Madame Tussauds NY on 42nd Street in Times Square July 13, 2010 to celebrate the launch of The Wizard of Oz Cinema 4D Experience and the interactive "Land of Oz " exhibit at Madame Tussauds NY AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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by SANDY COHEN

AP Entertainment Writer

Posted on October 8, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Updated Sunday, Oct 13 at 12:09 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Dorothy dress is going up for auction.

Celebrity auctioneer Darren Julien says Judy Garland's original costume from "The Wizard of Oz" could sell for half a million dollars when it hits the auction block next month.

The white puff-sleeve blouse and blue gingham pinafore has inspired countless Halloween costumes since the film was released in 1939. Although several identical dresses were made for the production, the dress to be sold is the only version seen in the film and the only complete original dress to survive.

The outfit will be on view at London's Stafford Hotel beginning Tuesday, before being exhibited at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, Calif., Nov. 5-9, prior to the auction Nov. 9-10.

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