Cowardly Lion Costume From ‘Wizard of Oz’ Sells for More Than $3 Million

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The Cowardly Lion costume worn by Bert Lahr in the 1939 classic “The Wizard of Oz” sold for nearly $3.1 million on Monday.

The Cowardly Lion costume worn by Bert Lahr in the 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz" sold for nearly $3.1 million. (Credit: Bonhams)
The Cowardly Lion costume worn by Bert Lahr in the 1939 classic “The Wizard of Oz” sold for nearly $3.1 million. (Credit: Bonhams)

The costume is made of real skins and fur, according to auction house Bonhams, and has a hidden front zipper and attached tail. The iconic costume makes more than a dozen appearances in the movie.

The buyer, whose identity wasn’t disclosed, bid $2.6 million plus a premium to the auction house of $477,000, bringing the total to $3,077,000.

Monday’s “There’s No Place Like Hollywood” auction also included a Dorothy “test” dress and pinafore from the movie that sold for $245,000, and a piano from “Casablanca” that sold for $3.4 million.

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