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There are certain props in entertainment that you never forget. They
become so much of your life and your heart that the mere memory of them
calls up visions, feelings and scenes to play over and over in your head.
Those are the movie props that transcend just the need to collect and be
put in someone's vault at the MGM studios, but are important enough that
everyone should know where they are. These items aren't just part of a
picture; they are part of our common heritage, o...


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There are certain props in entertainment that you never forget. They
become so much of your life and your heart that the mere memory of them
calls up visions, feelings and scenes to play over and over in your head.
Those are the movie props that transcend just the need to collect and be
put in someone's vault at the MGM studios, but are important enough that
everyone should know where they are. These items aren't just part of a
picture; they are part of our common heritage, our culture and our joy.
But, where are they?

There's No Place Like Home

Ask anyone who saw the 1939 version of the Wizard of Oz what is the most
vivid image they remember and they will tell you one of two things: The
witch scrawling "Surrender Dorothy" in the sky, or the brilliant red ruby
slippers tapping their heels as Dorothy remembers there is no place like
home. Where are the slippers now? There were 6 pairs of slippers made for
the movie, 5 of them for Judy Garland and one made for a stunt double. Of
the actual 5 for the movie, one set resides in the Smithsonian Institute
in Washington, DC and are available for public view. Three other pairs
have changed hands many times and been auctioned repeatedly (one selling
at Christie's auction house in 2000 for $666,000) and now belong to
private collectors. One pair was stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in
Grand Rapids, Minnesota and remains at large.

The Black Bird

Sam Spade, everyone's favorite private eye took to the streets of San
Francisco looking for the Maltese Falcon and some folks have been
wondering where it is ever since. There was originally only one Maltese
falcon made for the production but it was dented in filming and several
resin falcons were produced to finish production. The original falcon is
on display in the Warner Brother's museum and available for viewing. 4
other falcons are privately owned and displayed at various venues. At one
time its auction price of nearly $386,000 was one of the highest paid in
the world. In February of 2007 the official replica of the falcon used in
publicity stills was stolen from the second floor vault of a San
Francisco restaurant where it was being displayed.

Rosebud

Charles Foster Kane lay on his opulent death bed wanting Rosebud. The
mystery of its identity consumed the movie Citizen Kane, considered by
many to be one of the best films ever produced. As we watch Charles Kane
start out with good intentions and end a rich, morally bankrupt egoist we
too can't image what Rosebud might be. At the very end we are rewarded
and humbled to know it was simply his boyhood sled a symbol of the
innocence he had which was thrown into a fire. There were three sleds
made for the movie, but two of them were destroyed by fire for the
filming of the pivotal scene. The third Rosebud is owned by a private
collector who paid $60, 500 for it in 1982. There is a solace in knowing
the collector is someone likely to take very good care of it, and leave
it to the legacy of film when the time comes. The collector is none other
than Steven Spielberg.

Movie props go overlooked by movie goers all the time. But when they
themselves become characters, it's good to know they have found good
homes.

				
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