The Judy Garland Museum , which opened in 1975 in the house where she lived, says it has the world's largest collection of Garland and Wizard of Oz memorabilia. FBI officials on Tuesday said a summer sting operation led to their recovery. Contact the WDEL Newsroom: or (302) 478-8898. FBI Says It Has Recovered Stolen Ruby Slippers, Missing For 13 Years The sequined shoes were pilfered from the Judy Garland Museum in 2005. Sanborn and Myers acknowledged the support of the FBI Criminal Investigative Division’s Art Crime Team; the Grand Rapids Police Department; FBI offices in Chicago, Atlanta, and Miami; the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History; and the Markel Corporation. Current estimates value the slippers in the millions of dollars should they be sold at auction. The FBI said a man approached the insurer in summer 2017 and said he could help get them back. "Of any artifact from the movie, they touch that emotion in people.". Garland, who was born Frances Gumm, lived in Grand Rapids, about 200 miles (320 kilometers) north of Minneapolis, until she was 4, when her family moved to Los Angeles. Sorry, there are no recent results for popular audio clips. The day's top national and international news. Election Latest: China Congratulates Biden; President-Elect Wins Arizona, Top Officials: Nov. 3 Election Most Secure in US History, Copyright © 2020 NBCUniversal Media, LLC. We will follow the evidence along the investigative road to ensure justice is done in this case.”. The National Museum of American History is home to one of the other pairs of slippers. Thomas estimated that this particular pair could be worth between $2 million to $7 million. There's no place like home — even for a pair of shoes. A pair of the iconic ruby slippers from the 1939 "Wizard of Oz" film were recovered in a sting operation after a man approached the shoes' insurer and said he could help get them back, the FBI said Tuesday. A pair of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 film ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and stolen from the actress’ namesake museum in Minnesota more than a decade ago has been recovered. "They are a cultural icon.". “We were confident this day would eventually come, and we are grateful to the FBI and all those who worked to bring this piece of cinematic treasure out of the shadows and into the light. Examination of the recovered shoes showed that their construction, materials, and wear are consistent with the pair in the museum’s collection, which were donated to the museum by an anonymous donor in 1979. We're always interested in hearing about news in our community. The FBI is holding a news conference Tuesday afternoon to offer more details on the recovery of the slippers. Myers said he would handle any prosecution. The shoes are one of several pairs worn by Judy Garland, who played Dorothy Gale in the classic film. A number of pairs were made for the film, though the exact number is unknown. Cloudy early with peeks of sunshine expected late. The FBI said no one has yet been arrested or charged in the case, but they have "multiple suspects" and continue to investigate. Dorothy's ruby slippers from "The Wizard of Oz" were recovered 13 years after they were stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Delaware's own Joe Biden is heading to the White House as the projected winner of the presidential race and, now so is a dog from Delaware. 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This pair was on loan to the Judy Garland Museum in the late actress' hometown of Grand Rapids, Minnesota when they were taken in 2005 by someone who climbed through a window and broke into a small display case. They are expected to go back on display in October. Stolen 'Wizard of Oz' ruby slippers found 13 years later. ×. Email Email, FBI Seeking Information Regarding Theft of Stolen Memorabilia. When the ruby slippers were stolen in August 2005 from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, ... people watched the show — unaware that the ruby slippers had been recovered … Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph. is an official site of the U.S. government, U.S. Department of Justice, emailStay Connected But they remained missing for nearly three more years. The magical shoes were both a source of conflict and comfort in the famous film, as they led to a battle between Dorothy and the Wicked Witch of the West before helping Dorothy find her way back home to Kansas. Five of them, including the National Museum of American History's pair and the stolen pair, are still known to be in existence. All rights reserved. "Of any artifact from the movie, they touch that emotion in people. “At the heart of nearly every art crime, we see greed woven into the fabric of the scheme—greed to take it, and greed to profit from its return,” said Sanborn. The four-year journey of transforming Baynard Stadium concludes Friday night as Salesianum hosts Smyrna in the first game at Rocco Abessinio Stadium. Slight chance of a rain shower. The genre-busting Wizard of Oz — presented in black and white, and color — was a box office smash and was nominated for multiple Academy Awards, with wins for Best Song and Best Original Score. High 59F. The ruby slippers are the magic pair of shoes worn by Dorothy Gale as played by Judy Garland in the 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musical film The Wizard of Oz.Because of their iconic stature, the ruby slippers are among the most valuable items of film memorabilia. Investigators had … Low 41F. Share on Facebook Facebook Only four pairs of the shoes used in the film are known to remain and are widely viewed as among the most recognizable memorabilia in American film history. A pair of the iconic ruby slippers from the 1939 "Wizard of Oz" film have been recovered after they had been missing for more than a decade, the FBI announced Tuesday morning. The ruby slippers are key in the 1939 movie. No Thanks The stolen slippers' authenticity was verified by comparing them with the pair at the Smithsonian's Museum of American History in Washington. I think it's because it's a small state and we all kind of feel like we know each other, and so when something great happens to one of our own, we all really want to celebrate.". The magical shoes were both a source of conflict and comfort in the famous film, as they led to a battle between Dorothy and the Wicked Witch of the West before helping Dorothy find her way back home to Kansas. According to the Smithsonian, up to 10 pairs of the slippers are thought to have been made for the movie. Agents from the Minneapolis Division worked closely with the FBI’s Art Crime Team throughout the investigation, which is ongoing. Thirteen years after Dorothy’s sequined red shoes from The Wizard of Oz were stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, the FBI has recovered … "We're not done. 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