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Charles Triplett, longtime member and friend of The Judy Garland Expertise, has consented to periodically share special gadgets from his collection in a journal right here on The Experience. His in depth collection contains vintage materials of all kinds -- most notably costumes and accessories from Judy's M-G-M movies, wardrobe from her CBS-Television collection, and her private couture.. Charles is a careful preservationist, and does not publicly exhibit this stuff out of concern for their care and longevity. In this series we will have an unprecedented view into lots of the rare and great issues he has collected.

Journal Entry #1: The Ferragamos
As I have stated to my good and nice pal, Tom Larro, many instances - oh, how I want I could return to November of 1978 to attend the notorious JUDY GARLAND MEMORABILIA AND Artwork Public sale. It made headlines even in my local small town North Carolina paper but at 18 with no money it was manner out of my vary. I did get the public sale catalog which sold on the time for $25.

I used to be very intrigued with the wardrobe and footwear. There were a dozen couture items, several from THE JUDY GARLAND Show, and personal couture as well. There have been almost two dozen pair of Salvatore Ferragamo shoes. Even at that early age I knew that these shoes have been made by the well-known Italian shoe maker who had done custom made footwear for Jackie Kennedy, the Duchess of Windsor and Marilyn Monroe. These shoes had been all customized made for each consumer and Judy had two dozen in a rainbow of colors. They were all listed as measurement 6 and half however were extra like a US 5 and custom made to overlook Garland's very slim foot. All have been pumps with a 4 inch spike heel.

Several years later in the mid 1980s I noticed an ad in HOLLYWOOD STUDIO Journal advertising a pair of black pumps from the public sale. I instantly wrote to the lady, Alice Garza, solely to receive a observe again saying they were bought.

Nearly 25 years later a pair of beautiful black silk-lined Ferragamos with ornament got here up on the public sale block. They had been from the 1978 public sale and had the original auction receipt, merchandise # 113G. The bidding was furious, but I used to be capable of win them. I had no concept till I obtained them that they have been the truth is the pair that had been offered almost 25 years earlier than by the lady in HOLLYWOOD STUDIO Magazine. Her name was on the receipt.

Judy's Ferragamos are one of many favourite gadgets in my assortment. I do know of solely three other pair in fans' fingers and generally wonder where all these others are.