LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bert Lahr's Cowardly Lion costume from the classic film "The Wizard of Oz" is up for sale.
The costume will be auctioned with other Hollywood items Monday in New York by Bonhams, according to a spokesman for costume owner James Comisar.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1939. Designed by Adrian and constructed of lion skin and fur, featuring a hidden zipper front and an attached tail verso, now displayed on a custom figure featuring a photo-realistic head sculpture cast directly from actor Bert Lahr's son replete with optical glass eyes and Italian human hair wig & mane and footwear constructed out of lion pelt.
Initially conserved at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, this costume has been examined recently and is thought to be in exhibit-ready condition, and includes a professional fine art shipping crate.
Provenance: Discovered carefully bundled up in one of the oldest buildings on the MGM lot. Acquired by The Comisar Collection, leading curators of Hollywood ephemera, who supervised the costume's initial conservation and ongoing collection care over the past two decades. READ MORE