The Recovered Ruby Slippers (The Traveling Pair)

Today, FBI authorities in Minneapolis, together with Grand Rapids Police Chief Scott Johnson, will release information on the recovery of the stolen Ruby Slippers worn by Grand Rapids native Judy Garland in the 1939 movie classic, "The Wizard of Oz."

The case has intrigued people worldwide. The Herald-Review will broadcast the press conference live on www.grandrapidsmn.com, starting at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 4.

The famous shoes, one of only four original pairs of such red slippers, were stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids in August of 2005.

“These shoes are the holy grail of all Hollywood memorabilia,” said Rhys Thomas, the author of “The Ruby Slippers of Oz,” who has tracked the case closely for years. “There isn’t anything else that does more to evoke the power of belief.”

Per the Associated Press, federal authorities revealed Tuesday they have recovered perhaps the most recognizable footwear in all of film history after the crimson heels went missing in 2005 when the culprit broke into a small display case holding the shoes at the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

Reportedly insured for $1 million, the shoes — which Garland’s Dorothy famously taps together to return home to Kansas following her stay in the fantasy world of Oz — comprise one of four remaining pairs of ruby slippers the actress wore in the film.

These are the mismatched pair that match the other pair in the Smithsonian!

FBI Recovers Stolen Ruby Slippers Used in ‘The Wizard of Oz’

Leonardo DiCaprio and director Steven Spielberg privately acquired one of the pairs in 2012 for eventual display inside the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures when it opens in 2019.

Details regarding the stolen pair’s return were not disclosed, though officials with the Minneapolis FBI, the North Dakota U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the Grand Rapids Police Department have scheduled a Tuesday press conference WILL BE AT 1PM to release more information, according to ABC News.

Anyone with additional information regarding the theft of the ruby slippers or the extortion plot is encouraged to contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324) or submit information online at tips.fbi.gov.

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