The dramatic story of a dressing up from The Wizard of Oz thought misplaced for many years went by way of one other plot twist on Monday, when a decide blocked its deliberate sale at public sale.
One of many blue-and-white checked gingham clothes that Judy Garland wore in 1939 for her position as Dorothy was scheduled to be part of an auction of Hollywood memorabilia in Los Angeles on Tuesday, put up on the market by Catholic College of America. The gown was rediscovered on the college final 12 months in a shoebox throughout preparations for a renovation.
Auctioneer Bonhams listed a pre-sale estimate of $800,000 to $1.2m for the gown earlier than it was withdrawn.
However US district decide Paul Gardephe in Manhattan granted a movement for a preliminary injunction after a listening to in a lawsuit filed by a relative of Father Gilbert Hartke, who labored on the college and was given the gown in 1973.
Hartke died in 1986; a niece, Barbara Ann Hartke, 81, filed a lawsuit towards the college and the auctioneer earlier this month after media accounts that the gown was going up for public sale.
In her lawsuit, she mentioned that as her uncle’s closest residing relative, the gown belongs to her. She says it was given to him as a private reward by the actor Mercedes McCambridge.
In response to her lawsuit, the college “has no possession curiosity within the gown as …there is no such thing as a documentation demonstrating decedent ever formally or informally donated the gown to Catholic College”.
In a submitting opposing the lawsuit’s request for the injunction, the college’s attorneys mentioned that as a Dominican priest, Hartke had taken a vow “to by no means settle for presents in his private capability” and so the gown couldn’t be thought-about a part of any property.
Catholic College officers had mentioned the gown went lacking for many years after being given to Hartke, then head of the drama division.
Garland wore a number of variations of the gown through the filming of the film; auctioneer Bonhams mentioned the one discovered at Catholic College was certainly one of two that also had its accompanying shirt, and that Garland wore it within the scene within the citadel of the Depraved Witch of the West.
Bonhams had no remark.
In a press release, legal professionals for the college mentioned, “We stay up for presenting our place, and the overwhelming proof contradicting Ms Hartke’s declare, to the court docket in the midst of this litigation.”
An e mail searching for remark was despatched to Hartke’s lawyer.