A top film memorabilia collector is selling Burt Lahr's Cowardly Lion costume from "The Wizard of Oz" to fund a new museum.
James Comisar is calling on Hollywood's biggest names to consider digging deep for the outfit Lahr wore in the classic 1939 film, which he acquired in 1991 from a salvage dealer who found it in an abandoned MGM building. The seller is hoping to use the cash to help him fund a TV history museum in Phoenix.
The costume is one of two Lahr wore in the film. Comisar tells the Hollywood Reporter he's willing to sell the item at a discount to the bosses of the planned Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles if they can promise it will be exhibited next to a pair of ruby slippers Judy Garland wore in "The Wizard of Oz," which were snapped up by a group of movie buffs led by Leonardo DiCaprio and Steven Spielberg and donated to the Academy.
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