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Wizard Of Oz costume and Casablanca piano fetch $6m

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Bert Lahr's Cowardly Lion costume has been sold

Bert Lahr's Cowardly Lion costume has been sold

Bert Lahr's Cowardly Lion costume has been sold

The Cowardly Lion costume from the classic film The Wizard Of Oz and the piano from Casablanca have each sold for more than $3m (£1.9m) at an auction in New York.

The items were among a treasure trove of Hollywood memorabilia sold at Bonhams.

The big cat outfit, which went for just over $3m, has been authenticated as the one Bert Lahr wore in the 1939 film. Its face is a sculpted likeness of the late actor.

The piano, on which Sam (Dooley Wilson) played As Time Goes By, fetched $3.4m (£2.17m).

Belfast Telegraph