The renowned ruby shoes Judy Garland wore in the 1939 motion picture The Wizard of Oz have been reported stolen by a man. Terry Martin, 76, of Minnesota, was indicted on Tuesday on one count of theft of a major artwork.
The Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, was where the shoes were taken in August 2005. The shoes were uncovered in a sting operation carried out by the FBI’s art crime unit in 2018. Martin was arrested in July of that year after he tried to sell the slippers to an undercover FBI agent.
The slippers are one of four pairs that were made for the film. They are considered to be priceless and are a national treasure. Martin may spend up to 10 years in jail if found guilty. The ruby slippers were created by the MGM Studios for the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. They were worn by Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale, the film’s protagonist. The shoes were made of sequins and velvet and were originally silver. They were later dyed red to match the film’s Technicolor cinematography.
The slippers were used in several scenes in the film, including the iconic scene in which Dorothy clicks her heels together and says, “There’s no place like home.” After the film was released, the slippers were put on display at the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. They were stolen from the museum in August 2005. The FBI launched a nationwide search for the stolen slippers. They offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to their recovery. In 2018, the FBI received a tip that the slippers were being offered for sale. The FBI launched a sting operation and arrested Martin in July of that year.
The slippers were returned to the Judy Garland Museum in 2018. They are now on display at the museum. The ruby slippers are considered to be priceless and are a national treasure. They are a symbol of the American Dream and the power of imagination. The shoes are also a reminder of the importance of cultural heritage.
They are a part of our shared history and should be protected. The FBI’s recovery of the ruby slippers is a victory for law enforcement and for the American people. It is a reminder that our cultural heritage is important and that we will not tolerate its theft.