Woman Offers $1 Million Reward for Stolen Ruby Slippers

Ten years after the theft, the iconic "Wizard of Oz" shoes have yet to be found.

When it comes to iconic shoes in film, Dorothy's ruby red slippers are rivaled in fame by none, except possibly Cinderella's glass slippers. Four pairs were made for Judy Garland to wear in The Wizard of Oz, one of which is still on display at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. The pair that was housed in the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, however, was stolen ten years ago this August and has yet to be found.

In recognition of their decade-long absence, an anonymous donor (and clearly a super-fan of the beloved film) is offering a $1 million reward to anyone with valuable information to the ruby slippers' whereabouts. That is to say, someone who knows exactly where they are and who took them. Because, you know, there's no place like home.

According to AP (opens in new tab), the famed shoes were originally insured for $1 million, but could be worth anywhere between $2 and $3 million at this point.

Sarah Lindig
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