Courage for Sale: Oz's Cowardly Lion Costume Heads to The Auction Block

October 8, 2014 7:44 PM

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Courage for Sale: Oz's Cowardly Lion Costume Heads to The Auction Block

Many of us grew up watching The Wizard of Oz on its annual television outing. We were mesmerized by the terrible tornado and were awed along with Dorothy when she opened the door to her farmhouse to realize she had been transported to a Technicolor place somewhere over the rainbow. We were charmed by Glinda the Good Witch, who presided over the miniature Munchkins. The Wicked Witch of the West, who commanded a fleet of Winged Monkeys, was a terrifying menace, but thankfully Dorothy wasn't alone on her journey to find the great Wizard. Of Dorothy's three traveling companions, fans may best recall actor Bert Lahr as the Cowardly Lion for his comical attempts at bullying the Scarecrow and Tin Man, his blubbering wails when Dorothy slaps him and his determination to help rescue Dorothy from peril. Ultimately, the Cowardly Lion discovered his courage needn't be symbolized by the medal awarded to him by the Wizard. Like the others, he already possessed the capacity for true bravery.

Now Bonhams auction house has partnered with Turner Classic Movies to offer artifacts from The Wizard of Oz for sale on November 24, 2014, in New York. The special event, "TCM Presents...There's No Place Like Hollywood," will include movie memorabilia from Tinsel Town's golden age, highlights of whi...

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