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Ruby slippers (Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Star Tribune via AP)

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A pair of Judy Garland’s ruby slippers from the movie The Wizard of Oz has resurfaced 13 years after its theft from a Minnesota museum. Collector Michael Shaw, who had owned the slippers for 35 years, had loaned them to the museum. In 2005, on a night when the surveillance camera was inoperative, a thief smashed the display case, grabbed the slippers, and left through a window. Investigators could not find any evidence to help them apprehend the robber, but a tip led to an FBI sting operation that recovered the slippers this July. The pair of shoes may be one of the most valuable props in movie history. They were insured at $1 million, but experts told the BBC they are probably worth twice that now.

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