On the blog yesterday I ran a small photo gallery featuring stills from Sidney Lumet’s silver screen adaptation of the Broadway musical “The Wiz.” The story is an urbanized reimagining of L. Frank Baum’s classic book “The Wizard of Oz,” which most know for Victor Fleming’s 1939 Judy Garland-led movie. In a weird “six degrees of separation” twist, the two eBay items I stumbled across this morning both come from that earlier film.
Here we have some shreds of straw from Ray Bolger’s Scarecrow costume. The item is encased in a commemorative frame, which also includes a color photo of Bolger in costume and a facsimile of his signature. Buyers also receive an official letter of authenticity and a copy of a letter written by the actor.
Clearly, the Cowardly Lion costume went to the same place as the Scarecrow costume. Same deal here for a lock of fur from Bert Lahr’s Cowardly Lion. The display case contains the fur, a photo and a copy of Lahr’s signature. Buyers also receive an official letter of authenticity along with auction records as further proof of the item’s background.
The roughly $300 Buy It Now price tag attached to either of these auctions seems a bit steep to me, considering the tiny shred of memorabilia that you’re really paying for. Then again, I am still salivating over the lock of Chewbacca fur showcased in Prop-Watch earlier this week, so I guess this is a “to each their own” sort of scenario.
Do any of you feel compelled to drop $300 on a piece of history from cinema’s golden age? Do you think the Chewbacca fur is a better buy? Or do you think that anyone who is willing to pay the cost of an iPhone for a few strands of fake fur/straw is bats–t crazy?