Cloudy early with peeks of sunshine expected late. The ruby slippers are one of several pairs used in the production of the movie classic. But they remained missing for nearly three more years. 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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal authorities say they have recovered pair of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz” that were stolen from a Minnesota museum 13 years ago. 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Tips can be anonymous. They are expected to go back on display in October. Investigators had … No Thanks Subscribe A pair of the iconic ruby slippers from the 1939 "Wizard of Oz" film have been recovered after they had been missing for more than a decade, the FBI announced Tuesday morning. The recovered slippers, known as the “traveling pair,” were stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in the overnight hours of August 27-28, 2005. I think it's because it's a small state and we all kind of feel like we know each other, and so when something great happens to one of our own, we all really want to celebrate.". All rights reserved. Anyone with information surrounding the theft or the extortion plot is encouraged to contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI (225-5324) or submit information via the FBI’s website at "We're not done. A pair of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 film ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and stolen from the actress’ namesake museum in Minnesota more than a decade ago has been recovered. Slight chance of a rain shower. Grand Rapids police asked for the FBI's help and after a nearly year-long investigation, the slippers were recovered in July during a sting operation in Minneapolis. This matter has been assigned to the United States Attorney’s Office for North Dakota pursuant to 28 U.S.C. Tweets by @dbctfx Low 41F. In 2015, an anonymous donor in Arizona even offered a $1,000,000 reward for the return of the slippers. The investigation remained a priority for the Grand Rapids Police Department, who requested FBI assistance in 2017 when the extortion plot against the Markel Corporation surfaced. While the FBI has identified suspects and has executed multiple search warrants in Minnesota and Florida in connection with the investigation, investigators are seeking the public’s help to identify all parties associated with the initial theft and the more recent scheme to defraud and extort the Markel Corporation, the owner of the slippers. There's no place like home — even for a pair of shoes. "They are a cultural icon.". After all,” he said, quoting a famous line from The Wizard of Oz, ‘There’s no place like home.’”, U.S. Attorney Chris Myers added, “Thanks to the great work of the FBI and their local law enforcement partners, they have successfully preserved an iconic symbol of one of America’s greatest and best-loved movies. High 59F. ", Rhys Thomas, author of "The Ruby Slippers of Oz," called the slippers "the Holy Grail of Hollywood memorabilia. Five of them, including the National Museum of American History's pair and the stolen pair, are still known to be in existence. A number of pairs were made for the film, though the exact number is unknown. Thomas estimated that this particular pair could be worth between $2 million to $7 million. Share on Twitter Twitter The stolen slippers' authenticity was verified by comparing them with the pair at the Smithsonian's Museum of American History in Washington. The FBI said a man approached the insurer in summer 2017 and said he could help get them back. Examination of the recovered shoes showed that their construction, materials, and wear are consistent with the pair in the museum’s collection, which were donated to the museum by an anonymous donor in 1979. You have permission to edit this article. The National Museum of American History is home to one of the other pairs of slippers. Get FBI email alerts According to the Smithsonian, up to 10 pairs of the slippers are thought to have been made for the movie. The ruby slippers are key in the 1939 movie. After the recovery in July, the FBI transported the slippers to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C., where conservators were able to conduct an in-depth examination and analysis, including evidence of wear and details unique to their use in the 1939 film. Email Email, FBI Seeking Information Regarding Theft of Stolen Memorabilia. FBI officials on Tuesday said a summer sting operation led to their recovery.