Dorothy's stolen ruby red slippers found after more than a decade

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At least two of the existing pairs are owned by private collectors, including a pair jointly acquired by actor Leonardo DiCaprio and film director Steven Spielberg for display at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

Per the Associated Press, federal authorities revealed Tuesday they have recovered perhaps the most recognizable footwear in all of film history after the crimson heels went missing in 2005 when the culprit broke into a small display case holding the shoes at the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

Police said the suspect or suspects broke through the museum's rear emergency window. A glass case containing the ruby slippers was broken and the slippers were removed, according to police. It was discovered in the days afterward that the alarm system hadn't been set to alert the security firm that night.

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Purchased in 1970 for $2,000 by collector Michael Shaw, the slippers were on loan to the Judy Garland Museum for its annual Wizard of Oz festival at the time of their theft in 2005. When staff returned to the museum on the morning of August 29, 2005, they discovered the plexiglass display case smashed, and the ruby slippers gone. "It's our hope that the slippers can be recovered immediately", he told the paper in 2005.

The custom-made shoes, made of materials including wood pulp, silk thread, gelatin, plastic and glass beads, were insured for $1 million and may be worth even more now. The leads came from as far away as Arizona, the East Coast and the United Kingdom and included tips that the slippers were seen at garage sales, given away in radio station contests and stapled on a restaurant wall.

The ruby slippers are key in the 1939 movie. Also this summer, the mystery was featured on the Discovery Channel show "Expedition Unknown".

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