Stolen Wizard of Oz ruby slippers recovered after 13-year search

Stolen Wizard of Oz ruby slippers recovered after 13-year search

Thirteen years after they were stolen, the iconic ruby slippers Judy Garland wore in the film The Wizard of Oz have been recovered.

This April 10, 1996, file photo shows one of the four pairs of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 film. The Grand Rapids Police Department in Minnesota and the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced on Tuesday that the slippers - one of at least three existing pairs used while shooting the film - were found.

One of four known pairs worn by Garland in the 1939 film, the slippers vanished on August 28, 2005, from the museum, located in the actress' hometown of Grand Rapids, Minnesota, .

The other three remaining pairs are outside of Minnesota, including the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Smithsonian and housed with a private collector.

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.

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The slippers had been on loan to the museum from Hollywood memorabilia collector Michael Shaw.

Insured for $1m (£780,000), police initially offered a $250,000 (£195,000) reward for the shoes and in 2015 a fan in Arizona then offered another $1m.

The famous sequined shoes were taken from a display case in a museum in Minnesota 13 years ago. "It's our hope that the slippers can be recovered immediately", he told the paper in 2005. The ruby slippers weren't found during the dive, but a small duffel bag and a partially deteriorated tin can were found and turned over to the Grand Rapids Police Department.

Divers from the Itasca County Sheriff's Office took a look around the Tioga Mine Pit in 2015, based on the rumor that the slippers were sealed with a weight in Tupperware and tossed into the pit's water.

"Grand Rapids may be freezing, but this case is anything but cold", Gates concluded.

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