The Wizard of Oz, Original Costume Tested Glinda Wand

original movie prop

Sold at the 1970 MGM auction to an unknown buyer or buyers, this piece was resold in one of several studio sales in August, September and October of 1970 in Rialto, CA.  The wand became the property of Mary McIntire for 47 years, during which she was never sure if it was really Glinda's wand or not.  In January of 2017 I was able to authenticate it for her as a costume test wand that was not visible in the final film.  The top star is similar to the screen used stars, except the metal base star is thinner and there are no colored rhinestones on the piece.  The studio redesigned this star to be thicker and added colored rhinestones for use in the Technicolor film.  I believe that flat back stones were used on the screen used version.  Three wands were made in total during production, this one and the two screen used versions.  While the top star was never seen in the final film, the bottom staff may be one of the screen used pieces as all three were identical.  There will never be any way to tell for sure if the bottom piece was in the film or not, but there is a chance the studio stored each wand in two pieces on the lot, and intermixed the base staff with the removable tops.

 

Billie Burke posed with this costume test wand after the film was released.  This October 1939 photo was used for her Christmas cards that year. 

 

The screen used wands had been purchased by the family of Grover Robbins for use in the Land of Oz theme park, however, both of those wands burned in a fire in the mid-1970's.  This wand is the known surviving wand from production, and is the only verifiable piece of Glinda's costume to publicly surface.

 

I purchased the wand from Mary in October of 2017 and am currently planning a museum tour that will go through the next few years.  For a more detailed history, or to find out what museum is displaying the piece, please visit www.glindaswand.com. 

prop: collector:
category: original / screen-used
type: movie props
celebrity: Billie Burke (2)
original (1)  |  replica (1)
movie: The Wizard of Oz (1939)
original (3)  |  replica (82)
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