GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. — —An anonymous donor is offering a $1 million reward for the return of a pair of ruby red slippers Judy Garland wore in “The Wizard of Oz,” which were stolen nearly a decade ago, a museum in Garland’s hometown announced.Rob Feeney, a media consultant representing the person offering the big reward, and John Kelsch, executive director of the Judy Garland Museum, said Friday the donor hopes the reward will prompt someone to come forward with the iconic footwear, which disappeared 10 years ago this August, the Grand Rapids Herald Review reported.
“It will help us find out what happened to the slippers,” Feeney said. “We hope it will help the Grand Rapids Police Department crack the case.”
Kelsch said the small, nonprofit museum is ” very fortunate a fan has come forward” to offer the reward to find the “premier symbol of Americana,” the newspaper said.
WDIO-TV reported Kelsch described the mystery donor as a “huge” fan of Garland and the movie. The Duluth TV station said Kelsch said the slippers, one of four pairs made for the 1939 movie, were insured for $1 million and could be worth twice or three times that now.
The Duluth News Tribune reported a dive team searched the Tioga Mine Pit last month to follow up on a rumor that the slippers had been dumped there in a Tupperware container.