A pair of ruby slippers featured in the classic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz and stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota in 2005, is shown after it was recovered in a sting operation conducted in Minneapolis earlier this summer in this FBI Minneapolis, Minnesota, US, image released on Sept 4, 2018. [Photo/Agencies]
>'Wizard of Oz' shoes found
A pair of ruby slippers worth millions that were featured in the movie "The Wizard of Oz" and stolen from a Judy Garland museum 13 years ago have been recovered in Minneapolis, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said on Tuesday. The FBI said it was asking the public to help identify suspects connected with the original theft and a more recent scheme to extort money from the owners of the red sequined shoes, one of four pairs worn by Judy Garland, who played Dorothy in the 1939 classic. The slippers were stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, during a "smash-and-grab" robbery during the overnight hours of Aug 27 to 28, 2005, that took less than a minute. After their recovery, the slippers were sent to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, where conservators studying the construction, materials and wear patterns of the slippers were able to confirm that they were the missing pair.
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