12.19.2012

JUDY GARLAND TV SHOWS AND RUBY SLIPPERS NEWS!


For Immediate Release: Contact: Jeff Abraham/Jonas PR
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For The Ultimate Judy Garland Fan ‘The Judy Garland Show’ Goes Up For Auction Bidding Starts at $1 Million Dollars

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences acquired one of the four known surviving pairs of the iconic shoes made for the 1939 movie, with the help of Leonardo DiCaprio and Steven Spielberg.

The shoes, regarded as one of the world's best-known film props, are believed to have been worn by Garland's character Dorothy when she clicked her heels three times to return to Kansas from the fantasy land of Oz near the end of the film.

The slippers were previously due to be sold by Los Angeles auction house Profiles in History in December, with an estimated selling price of $2-$3 million. But auction house officials said they did not sell at that time.


In the last few months, Judy Garland memorabilia has earned record-high prices at auction; The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences acquired a pair of the iconic ruby slippers from "The Wizard of Oz" for their forth-coming museum at a price of more than $2 million dollars and Dorothy’s signature blue gingham dress fetched nearly a half million dollars.


And now, The Royalty Exchange launches the auction for Full Ownership to the US Rights of The Judy Garland Show with bidding starting at $1 million dollars. These rights include: Broadcast, Home Video/DVD, Video On-Demand, Streaming, Clip Clearance and Sync License.

This astounding offering is for all 26 classic episodes of Garland’s 1963-964 CBS one hour variety show. For the first time, the general public will be able to own the rights to a piece of Judy Garland's historic entertainment career. This auction will end on Saturday, December 22nd.


After winning a bidding war in 1963 involving all three of the major television networks, CBS emerged the winner and agreed to pay Garland $24 million for the show – one of the largest television deals in history, at that time.

This was much needed income for Garland, due to her troubles with the IRS at that time. First broadcast in September of that year, The Judy Garland Show was a weekly series that not only featured performances by this legendary artist at the peak of her career, but also featured performances by a roster of special guests defying any kind of superlative description.



Guests on the show included: Barbra Streisand, Tony Bennett, Lena Horne, Peggy Lee, Count Basie and many others, as well as Garland’s daughter Liza Minelli, then only 17 years old but clearly already a rising star.



In addition to the complete episodes, the masters in the auction also include out-takes from the show, a behind-the-scenes photo gallery, press and glamour shots from the show, and an audio commentary with those involved in the original broadcast of the series.

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