Leonardo DiCaprio and a few of his high-profile Angelenos recently helped the Academy Foundation secure a pair of the ruby slippers Judy Garland wore in “The Wizard of Oz.” The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Steven Spielberg and LACMA co-chair Terry Semel provided the required funding to land the sequin-covered shoes.
“The ruby slippers occupy an extraordinary place in the hearts of movie audiences the world over,” said Bob Iger, the Walt Disney Co. CEO and chair of the capital campaign for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. “This is a transformative acquisition for our collection.”
Dawn Hudson, the CEO of the Academy, praised DiCaprio for his role in acquiring the ruby slippers: “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.”
We’re not sure whether the ruby slippers DiCaprio and Co. landed are this pair up for auction last winter, but it’s reported that they were the shoes Garland wore when she clicked her heels together to leave Oz and return to Kansas. How much do you think they had to pay to acquire the iconic footwear?