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Cowardly Lion costume under hammer

Bert Lahr's Cowardly Lion costume from the classic film The Wizard of Oz has sold for more than three million dollars (£1.9 miilion) at an auction in New York City.

The big cat outfit had been authenticated as the one Lahr wore in the 1939 film. Its face is a sculpted likeness of the late actor.

It sold at an auction of Hollywood items at Bonhams.

A spokesman for costume owner James Comisar said a secondary costume used in the film was sold at auction in recent years for close to one million dollars.

Comisar has a trove of TV memorabilia from shows including I Love Lucy and Lost. He has said he plans to use money from the Cowardly Lion costume sale to exhibit his collection.

The upright piano from the movie Casablanca also went under the hammer and sold for 3.4 million dollars (£2.1 million).

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