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Two Pairs of ‘Wizard of Oz’ Ruby Slippers In The News… AMPAS “Academy Museum of Motion Pictures”, Smithsonian’s “National Museum of American History”

February 23, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Two big stories have been making news in the mainstream media in recent days, with regards to two different pairs of original ruby slippers from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ – one purchased for the ‘in the works’ Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences “Academy Museum of Motion Pictures”; the other going off display at the Smithsonian for conservation and an eventual “American Stories” exhibit at their “National Museum of American History”.

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Prop Talk Podcast #012 – James Comisar, The Comisar Collection | Interview by The Original Prop Blog with Jason DeBord

June 12, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

James Comisar, special guest. This is the twelfth ‘Prop Talk’ podcast by the Original Prop Blog. Mr. James Comisar is the curator of the most comprehensive collection of original television artifacts in the world – wardrobe, props, sets, set decoration, vehicles, and more, spanning 60 years of popular culture history.  He is a principal expert in this field and specialist in authentication, preservation, investment, restoration, and other important aspects of pop culture memorabilia and ephemera collecting.

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“ComicLink”/”Super Museum” Superman Costume: Auction Outcome Update

August 28, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Tonight the auction for the Superman costume offered for sale at public auction by “ComicLink.com” with the Letter of Authenticity from Jim Hambrick of the Super Museum ended with 33 bids for a price realized of $3,600, though the unstated reserve was not met.  Read more

More from Jim Hambrick (Super Museum / Supermuseum)

August 25, 2008 by · 4 Comments 

I have received another e-mail message from Jim Hambrick with regard to the questions about the Superman costume currently at auction with “ComicLink” citing as provenance the notarized Letter of Authenticity signed by Jim Hambrick, Supermuseum (LINK).  Read more

Response to Jim Hambrick (Super Museum / Supermuseum) Message

August 24, 2008 by · 4 Comments 

Below is the reaction to Jim Hambrick’s message published Friday (see Response from Jim Hambrick (Supermuseum / Super Museum)…).  This response is limited in scope to a few specific points that are on topic with the original article (see “ComicLink” Superman Costume Auction…). Read more

Response from Jim Hambrick (Super Museum / Supermuseum) Regarding Questions About Original Superman Costumes in the Marketplace

August 22, 2008 by · 2 Comments 

I have received the e-mail message below with regard to my direct invitation to Mr. Hambrick to publicly respond to the questions raised in the article published Wednesday (see “ComicLink” Superman Costume Auction & Questions for Jim Hambrick (Super Museum / Supermuseum)) about the Superman costume offered for sale at public auction by “ComicLink.com” with the Letter of Authenticity from Jim Hambrick, Supermuseum: Read more

“ComicLink” Superman Costume Auction & Questions for Jim Hambrick (Super Museum / Supermuseum)

August 20, 2008 by · 3 Comments 

A few collectors have directed my attention to an active auction on the website ComicLink.com, for a “Superman III” costume with a notarized “Letter of Authenticity” from Jim Hambrick of the “Super Museum” (also referred to as “Supermuseum”).  Read more

The Side Arms of James Bond, 007: From The Walther PPK to the P99

April 20, 2008 by · 7 Comments 

I recently acquired a very rare James Bond Walther PPK for my own collection, so I have done some research as to what handguns have been offered to the marketplace attributed to use in the films as the side arm of James Bond. I thought it might be of interest to readers to know “what is out there”. The focus of this article is primarily hero and “real” firearms (no stunts). Read more

Original Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz, The Oprah Winfrey Show, YouTube, and Copyright

February 7, 2008 by · 2 Comments 

As reported in late January (see “Original Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz on The Oprah Winfrey Show“, “Original Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz on The Oprah Winfrey Show – The Video“), the 1/23/08 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show focused on “Classic Americana”. Part of the episode featured Dr. Brent Glass, Director of The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. The ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz were sent to the show from Washington, D.C., under the supervision of two armed guards and via first class air travel in a disguised box. There was some controversy across the Internet as a result of Oprah’s handling of the artifacts.

I posted a video clip from this segment on YouTube, and noticed that the clip has since been removed, with the following explanation: Read more

Original Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz on The Oprah Winfrey Show – The Video

January 24, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

As reported yesterday (see “Original Ruby Slippers from The Wizard of Oz on The Oprah Winfrey Show“), the 1/23/08 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show focused on “Classic Americana”. Part of the episode featured Dr. Brent Glass, Director of The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. The ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz were sent to the show from Washington, D.C., under the supervision of two armed guards and via first class air travel in a disguised box.

This segment has created some controversy (see misajane’s blog, The Orinda Group, Greetings from Taos…, and Oprah’s Discussion Forum) as a result of Oprah’s determination to personally handle the artifacts, which was counter to the museum director’s express wishes.

Below is the admittedly low tech video of the segment I uploaded to YouTube: Read more

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