Stolen "Wizard of Oz" ruby slippers found after 13 years

FBI Grand Rapids Police to Reveal Details in Discovery of Stolen 'Wizard of Oz' Ruby Slippers

There's no place like home - especially after 13 years in the possession of a thief - for Judy Garland's iconic ruby slippers from the 1939 cinema classic The Wizard of Oz.

They were stolen in August 2005 after a burglar broke a window in the museum's back door and entered.

United States authorities announced they have recovered the famous sequined shoes - one of four pairs worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 American classic film. Three other pairs that Garland wore in the movie are held by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Smithsonian and a private collector.

A press conference is scheduled Tuesday afternoon with officials from the Minneapolis FBI, the North Dakota U.S. Attorney's Office and the Grand Rapids Police Department.

The slippers are valued at upwards of $3 million, and could fetch as much as $5 million at auction, but selling them would have been hard given the highly publicized theft.

The slippers are one of four pairs of ruby red slippers worn by Garland in the movie that are known to exist.

For years people have theorized over what might have happened to the pair of ruby shoes, with some saying that Shaw himself might have stolen the shoes in order to collect the insurance money (this theory was investigated and found to be untrue), or that they might be in a weighted plastic container at the bottom of the deep Tioga Mine Pit Lake.

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FBI Special Agent in Charge-Minneapolis Division Jill Sanborn says while investigators have identified suspects and have executed multiple search warrants in Minnesota and Florida, they are seeking to identify additional people connected to the heist. The famous footwear, which the Federal Bureau of Investigation claims "are estimated to be worth several million dollars", were recovered.

The slippers' authenticity was verified by comparing them with another pair at the Smithsonian's American history museum in Washington, D.C.

"The slippers are a major attraction for our museum". As the story goes, Kent Warner found several pairs on a dusty shelf and took one to the famed MGM Studios auction in 1970.

They were stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in 2005.

"They're an enduring symbol of the power of belief", Johnson said.

In 2015, an anonymous donor offered a $1 million reward for credible information leading to the recovery of the ruby slippers. "These types of offenses not only deprive the owner of the property, but all of us", Myers said. Since then, their value has soared into the millions.

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