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    Margaret Hamilton "Wicked Witch of the West" screen-worn flying hat from The Wizard of Oz. (MGM, 1939) Vintage original Adrian-designed, screen worn signature character hat constructed of black wool bunting fabric with a wide brim and an interior supporting metal hoop. The hat measures 19.5 in. in diameter with a 13.75 in. tall cone-shaped crown situated with a rear bias creating a 6.75 in. wide brim in the front, which extends 5.25 in. in the rear. Includes a 20 in. elastic chinstrap. The cotton fabric is sewn over heavy canvas. An instantly recognizable costume piece from the most famous movie witch ever portrayed on screen in one the of the most beloved fantasy films in history, The Wizard of Oz. This hat is identical in materials and design to the other two versions we've handled; however, this particular hat is unique in that it retains the thin elastic chinstrap that secured the hat to Margaret Hamilton's head during the flying sequences in the film. The audience's very first encounter with the Wicked Witch was during the opening scenes when a terrified Dorothy peers out the window of her room to see Miss Gulch riding her bike in the whirlwind of the tornado that has lifted the house into the sky. Before Dorothy's eyes, Miss Gulch morphs from the bike-peddling spinster into the Wicked Witch flying on her broomstick. The hat comes with a custom sculptured silicone display head in the terrifying likeness of Margaret Hamilton in her most famous role. The hat exhibits minor age and very slight seam separation between portions of the crown and brim. With 2-small spots of previous adhesive material on the underside of the brim. In vintage very good to fine condition. The consignor obtained this hat in 1970 directly from David Weisz, owner of the David Weisz Co., who held the legendary MGM Auction in 1970. A "Wicked Witch of the West" hat was sold by Profiles in History in June 2010, Auction 40, Lot 805, for $240,000. Comes with a signed letter or provenance. The importance of this cinematic icon cannot be overstated.

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    11th Tuesday
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