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Feb232012

Leonardo DiCaprio Buys ‘Wizard of Oz’ Slippers for Oscar Academy

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Leonardio DiCaprio on Wednesday opened up his wallet to help the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences acquire the ruby shoes from The Wizard of Oz.

According to a press release put out by the Academy, he led a group of “angel donors,” including Steven Spielberg, whose gifts to the Academy Foundation enabled them to purchase the iconic slippers. The amount of their donation was not disclosed.

The slippers will eventually be displayed at the forthcoming Academy Museum in Los Angeles.

While four pairs of ruby slippers were used in The Wizard of Oz, the pair that DiCaprio helped the Academy acquire is thought to be the one that Judy Garland wore when Dorothy clicks her heels three times to return to Kansas.

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