Photographs of 17-year-old Judy Garland on set of the 1939 Wizard of Oz go up for auction 


Amazing never-before-seen photos taken during the filming of The Wizard of Oz have come to light 80 years later, showing Judy Garland poised on the verge of stardom. 

A remarkably candid image shows a then 17-year-old Garland in her trademark Dorothy outfit looking into a mirror in her dressing room.

The actor appears to be adjusting her hair as an assistant looks for something in the background.

She would go on to have a glittering career spanning 45 years, during which time she gained international recognition both as an actor and singer, winning a juvenile Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a Special Tony Award. 

Though she became a household name and appeared in more than two dozen films with MGM, she is best remembered for her iconic performance as Dorothy. 

In another photograph, Garland is shown in full character as Dorothy, knocking at the Wicked Witch of the West’s front door.

Most of the other black and white studio snaps were taken during the scene where the ‘Horse of a Different Colour’ enters Emerald City. 

In one photo, Dorothy, The Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion can be seen perched in a carriage.

Another shows a crowd of extras in the background on the Emerald City set – and there is also a close up picture of the coachman, played by Frank Morgan who also portrayed the Wizard in the 1939 movie. 

The photos have remained in the photographer’s family for eight decades but are now being sold with California-based Julien’s Auctions.

They are expected to fetch $5,000.

Jason DeBord, specialist at Julien’s Auctions, said: ‘These never before seen photos give fans of the film and cinema at large a rare glimpse into the making of one of the most famous, revered and beloved films from the Golden Age of movies.

‘They depict the main stars – Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale, Ray Bolger as The Scarecrow, Jack Haley as The Tin Man, and Bert Lahr as The Cowardly Lion – as well as extras and crew members in the ‘Horse of a Different Colour’ scene.

‘The photo showing Judy Garland at her vanity table is so interesting, offering a candid glimpse of her world as an actress, preparing for perhaps the most popular and enduring film of all time.

‘There is a real magic with this set of images, almost like a window into the centre of the Golden Age of Hollywood as it was happening.’

The film, an adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s 1900 children’s book ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, was surprisingly not a commercial hit when it was first released.

However, over the past eight decades it has grown to be recognised as one of the most significant films of all time.

The sale takes place on Thursday.


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