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Oz lion costume fetches $700,000
The cowardly lion
The lion is one of the most famous characters in movie history
The iconic cowardly lion outfit worn by actor Bert Lahr in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz has been sold at auction for $700,000 (357,000).

The costume, which had been part of a Hollywood memorabilia sale on auction site eBay, had been estimated to fetch up to $590,000 (300,000).

Elvis Presley's wedding ring from his 1967 marriage to Priscilla was also sold for $90,000 (46,000).

The sale was hosted by the US-based auction house Profiles In History.

The dress Judy Garland wore in The Wizard of Oz
The dress worn by Judy Garland has a 27-inch waist

The lion costume is made of real lion pelts, which were sewn together to form the outfit.

The costume was mounted on a pedestal and positioned in the character's memorable "Put 'em up! put 'em up!" pose from the film.

Other items which were up for grabs included the trousers Oliver Hardy wore in the film Swiss Miss and Fred Astaire's sailor suit from Follow the Fleet.

A blue and white gingham dress worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard Of Oz fetched 140,000 at an auction in London last year.

The dress, which was purchased by an unnamed phone buyer, had been expected to fetch 35,000.

The Wizard of Oz's tin man costume was largely destroyed, while the scarecrow outfit is currently housed in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington DC.

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