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Ruby slippers stolen from Minn. museum

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GRAND RAPIDS, Minn., Aug 30, 2005 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- The most famous shoes in film history -- Dorothy's ruby slippers from "The Wizard of Oz" -- have been stolen from a Grand Rapids, Minn., museum.

The 66-year-old size 5 1/2 slippers were reported stolen Sunday from the Children's Discovery Museum in Grand Rapids, Judy Garland's hometown, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

Only four pairs of shoes remain from the 1939 classic that anchored the career of Garland, who was known as Frances Gumm while growing up. One of the pairs went for $660,000 in an auction five years ago.

The pair stolen sometime late Saturday evening or early Sunday was insured for $1 million. They had been loaned to the museum for a 10-week exhibit and the owner, Hollywood collector Michael Shaw, was to pick them up Friday, the Star Tribune said.

Copyright 2005 by United Press International.

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