You know what they say: "There's no place like home." Nearly 10 years after actress Judy Garland's ruby red slippers from the "Wizard of Oz" were stolen from a museum, an anonymous donor has offered a $1 million reward for credible information leading to the shoes being found, CBS reported. That's an expensive ticket home for the sequined slippers.
The late Garland wore the missing slippers in the classic fantasy flick "The Wizard of Oz" (1939). The shoes were stolen nearly 10 years ago -- the anniversary of the theft is in August -- from the Judy Garland Museum in the actress' hometown of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The anonymous donor drives a hard bargain for the hefty prize, requiring the exact location of the slippers and the name of the thief.
When they disappeared, the slippers were insured for $1 million. But that value has increased in the last decade. The ruby reds' value could be $2 million to $3 million now, John Kelsch, executive director of the Judy Garland Museum, told the Associated Press. Kelsh said the mysterious backer hails from Arizona and -- in what is perhaps an understatement -- is a huge fan of Garland.
There are three other known pairs of slippers made for the classic film in existence. One is displayed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington and another pair was bought in 2012 for a planned museum for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.
The Wizard of Oz starred Garland as Dorothy, Frank Morgan as the wizard, Ray Bolger as the scarecrow, Bert Lahr as the cowardly lion and Jack Haley as the tin man. The musical film is largely considered one of the greatest movies in history, and has a 99 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes as well as a perfect four-star review from the late critic Roger Ebert.
CBS reported anyone with information about the slippers' whereabouts should call the Grand Rapids, Minnesota, Police Department at 218-326-3464.