February 23rd, 2012
11:38 AM ET
Thanks to DiCaprio leading a group of "angel donors," the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has acquired a set of the ruby slippers from "The Wizard of Oz." (We're gong to guess the actor has no problems with that Oscars snub.)
According to a statement from the Academy, DiCaprio's generosity to the Academy Foundation, along with gifts from other Hollywood A-listers like Steven Spielberg, helped the Academy to purchase the iconic footwear.
The pair of ruby slippers acquired by the Academy is one of four pairs known to exist, the organization says.
The pair DiCaprio helped to purchase are called the "Witch's Shoes," because they were likely seen on the Wicked Witch of the East when Dorothy's house fell on her in the film. They're also likely the pair Dorothy, as played by Judy Garland, had on in close-ups, such as in the memorable scene when she clicks the heels of the red shoes three times to head home.
A costumer had kept this pair of slippers from the "Oz" set as part of his private collection before selling them at an auction in 1981. They were then sold again to another collector in 1988, before finally landing in the hands of the Academy this year.
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