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"Wizard of Oz" Cowardly Lion Costume Sold for More Than $3 Million at Auction

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    Bert Lahr's Cowardly Lion costume from "The Wizard of Oz"

    How much would you spend for a one-of-a-kind "Wizard of Oz" costume? For one lucky consumer, the answer is in the millions.

    During the Bonham Turner Classic Movies auction, an unknown shopper purchased the Cowardly Lion costume for $3,077,000, which includes a buyer's premium of $477,000.

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, the costume had been sitting in an old MGM structure before it was saved by a junk dealer who was simply cleaning out the abandoned building.

    The memorable costume, which is made of a real lion's fur, is the very same outfit used in key scenes featuring the lion played by Bert Lahr.

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    But the lion costume wasn't the biggest draw at the auction.

    Remember the beautiful piano Dooley Wilson played in "Casablanca"? The unique item fetched an impressive $3.4 million including a buyer's premium of $513,000.

    Believe it or not, these items don't even come close to the highest-earning auction items in the organization's history. When it comes to movie memorabilia, someone paid $4.6 million for the Aston Martin James Bond drove in "Goldfinger."

    In the world of TV, a lucky person picked up a 1960s Batmobile for a cool $4.6 million.

    Full results from this year's auction can be found online here.

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