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DiCaprio splashes out on slippers

Leonardo DiCaprio and Steven Spielberg have helped US film academy bosses buy the famous Wizard Of Oz ruby red slippers for their museum.

The slippers, the most pristine of four pairs that are known to exist, will go on display at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which will open in Los Angeles.

Judy Garland is thought to have worn the slippers in close-ups and insert shots, most famously when Dorothy clicks her heels three times to return to Kansas.

They are known as the "witch's shoes" because they're believed to be the pair seen on the feet of the Wicked Witch of the East after Dorothy's house falls on her.

Bob Iger, chair of the capital campaign for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, called the slippers "a transformative acquisition for our collection", adding: "The ruby slippers occupy an extraordinary place in the hearts of movie audiences the world over."

After production of the film ended in 1939, Dorothy's slippers were stored on MGM's Culver City lot for the next three decades.

The slippers were among several pairs discovered in 1970 by costumer Kent Warner, while he was preparing for an auction of MGM costumes and props.

The costumer kept the finest pair - the Witch's Shoes - in his private collection for more than a decade before selling them at auction in 1981.

They were sold again in 1988 to another private collector, and have been displayed publicly only a handful of times.

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