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Cowardly Lion costume


The costume of Cowardly Lion from classic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz has sold for more than $3 million at an auction in New York.

The famous outfit went for $3.07 million at a Bonham’s auction of Hollywood memorabilia on November 24.

It had been authenticated as the one Bert Lahr wore in more than a dozen scenes in the film. Its face is a sculpted likeness of the late actor.

The outfit was made out of real lion hide.

Other items that went under the hammer included a piano from 1942 film Casablanca, which sold for $2.9 million.

The instrument was sold along with more than 30 items from the World War II drama.

The piano, one of two used in the film, had been owned by Los Angeles dentist Gary Milan.

Dr. Gary Milan said the piano came with chewing gum under the keyboard, but that the owner of the fingerprint embedded in it was unknown.

In one famous scene, Humphrey Bogart uses the piano as a hiding place for illegal transit papers.

The “letters of transit” were also sold at auction, fetching more than $100,000.

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