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Iconic Ruby shoes were stolen – and now they've been recovered

Iconic Ruby shoes were stolen – and now they've been recovered

– DrIt was like seeing an old friend again after a long time apart.

This is how FBI agents describe the moment when the owner was reunited with the ruby ​​slipper.

The famous red shoes, worn by Judy Garland in the classic film The Wizard of Oz, were stolen in 2005 and recovered in 2018. But only now has the shoe collector who owned the shoes been reunited with them at the Judy Garland Museum in the US. The actress's birthplace is Grand Rapids, Minnesota, USA.

Historically: The Red Shoe played a central role in the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz”. Photo: NTB.
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The shoes were stolen from the museum in 2005, and were recovered during an operation conducted in 2018.

Back again: Michael Shaw (second from left) is reunited with the shoes.  Photo: FBI Minneapolis.

Back again: Michael Shaw (second from left) is reunited with the shoes. Photo: FBI Minneapolis.
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Two men in their 70s admitted to the robbery. One of them was not tried until last year. However, he is in serious health and has only six months to live. Therefore, he does not have to serve the sentence. CNN wrote that the two men must have thought the shoes were made of real gems. So they are not. The shoes are painted red and covered in sequins.

Click: The heels of the shoe must be clicked together three times if Garland's character, Dorothy, wants to go home.  Image: NTP.

Click: The heels of the shoe must be clicked together three times if Garland's character, Dorothy, wants to go home. Image: NTP.
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However, it is very valuable, and should be worth about $3.5 million.

Value: There are four pairs of shoes worth millions of dollars.  Image: NTP.

Value: There are four pairs of shoes worth millions of dollars. Image: NTP.
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There are only four pairs of shoes, which play a key role in the 1939 film in which Garland's character, Dorothy, must click her heels together three times to get home from the fictional Land of Oz. One pair is in the US National Museum in Washington, and other pairs are making their way among collectors.

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