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STUDIO INSCRIPTION: DOUBLE

DESCRIPTION: DANCE / STUNT / INSERT

SIZE: 6 B

HEEL: THIN, RUBBER TOP LIFT

SOLE: ORANGE FELT
INNES PRODUCTION NUMBERS: E58 68

 

This larger pair was reserved for use during extended dance sequences, or worn during long rehearsals, and used in "stunt" work according to interview transcripts provided by Aljean Harmetz with former MGM costuming staff. 

 

Based on their use later in production, this pair may have been the backup dancing pair that was used after another dance pair was damaged or worn.  These may have also been worn by stand-in Bobbie Koshay.

Visible:

When Dorothy takes her first steps on the Yellow Brick Road in Munchkinland
Publicity photos taken later during production – February 1939
Re-shot scenes on the Scarecrow's cornfield set
In the Emerald City as the Wizard tells Dorothy he can take her home to Kansas

Notable differences:

Both bows have more curved sides than other bows from production
“Double” written in the shoe instead of a number and actor’s name
The arch on this pair is more squat than others
Cloth Innes Shoe Company label instead of an embossed metallic stamp

Notes:

 

They are the only known pair that Kent Warner did not locate.

Subsequent history:


The first pair to leave MGM Studios, Rhys Thomas believes this pair was sent to New York to possibly dress the feet of a life-size Dorothy doll. From there, they were awarded to Roberta Jeffries (later Bauman) in 1940. Roberta kept this pair for decades, and would occasionally show them at schools and libraries. Until 1970, Roberta believed she had the only pair of Ruby Slippers. News of the pair sold at the MGM auction resulted in Roberta researching her pair and discovering they were indeed one of many sets made for production. Roberta kept her pair until 1988, when they were auctioned by Christie's for $165,000. The buyer, Anthony Landini, displayed the slippers in Florida at the Disney/MGM Studios theme park at the entrance to the great movie ride. He auctioned them in 2000 for $666,000.

Current location:

Attributed to being owned by David Elkouby, but I believe they may reside in the collection of Hal Ornstein of “The Ruby Slippers of Oz, LLC.”  Currently listed for sale for $6,000,000.

Double Pair

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