The Cowardly Lion costume from the iconic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz has sold for over $3 million at auction.
During the Bonham Turner Classic Movies auction, a buyer purchased the costume, which was worn by Bert Lahr in the film and was owned by Los Angeles TV museum founder James Comisar, for a whopping $3,077,000. That price included a buyer’s premium of $477,000.
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, the costume was found by a junk collector in an old MGM building.
Cosimar purchased the costume and had it analyzed, which proved that it was worn on screen by Lahr. Cosimar later had the costume, which is made out of real lion’s fur, preserved by professional museum curators.
According to the auction’s website, the costume was “designed by Adrian and constructed of lion skin and fur, featuring a hidden zipper front and an attached tail verso, now displayed on a custom figure featuring a photo-realistic head sculpture cast directly from actor Bert Lahr’s son replete with optical glass eyes and Italian human hair wig & mane and footwear constructed out of lion pelt.”
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Another item that fetched over $3 million at the auction was the piano that Dooley Wilson played in the classic film Casablanca. The very unique item, likely built in 1927, sold for $3.4 million which included a buyer’s premium of $513,000.