“There’s no place like home.” We all know Dorothy said that iconic line in The Wizard of Oz movie all the way back in 1939. Today, the character’s shoes can finally say the same thing.
As you may recall, the renowned ruby slippers were stolen 13 years ago from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. No security footage or fingerprints were available, so the famed footwear essentially vanished without a trace — save for one stray sequin left behind.
But now, the FBI reports that the red-sequined heels have finally been found, according to The New York Times. No suspects have been revealed yet, and it’s not immediately clear how the shoes were discovered. It’s also uncertain as to what will happen next. That said, we imagine it’s a big sigh of relief for the many people who have been seeking the stolen slippers for more than a decade.
The shoes were one of four known pairs that starlet Judy Garland wore for the film, so it’s no surprise that investigators were eager to get them back. It’s also not shocking that the theft of the slippers was the subject of a wide variety of theories during the time they were missing. At one point, investigators actually offered a $1 million reward for their return.
“These shoes are the holy grail of all Hollywood memorabilia,” Rhys Thomas, the author of The Ruby Slippers of Oz ($11.38, Amazon), told The New York Times. “There isn’t anything else that does more to evoke the power of belief.”
We’re so happy to hear that investigators didn’t give up their belief that they would finally find these beloved shoes once again. Talk about a happy ending!
As for the other three pairs of slippers? According to Minnesota Public Radio, they are all housed outside of Minnesota: in the Smithsonian, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, and with a private collector.
Although it may take a while before the recovered pair is in a museum again, you might be happy to know that the set at the Smithsonian is set to be back on display on October 19. We bet it’ll be a sight for sore eyes!
We're excited that the pair of Ruby Slippers that was stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in 2005 has been recovered. Our pair returns to display on October 19. Yes, Dorothy had more than one pair: https://t.co/YJADfIbAqb 👠 https://t.co/WwVzYIV6W2— National Museum of American History (@amhistorymuseum) September 4, 2018