Friday, October 21, 2016

WHAT SCARED ME


For a little kid, there were plenty of things to be scared of in THE WIZARD OF OZ (MGM, 1939. The flying monkeys were a given. Same for the Wicked Witch of the West. How about another group of menacing, green-faced meanies, the "Winkies". The Winkies turned out to be okay guys, but man, before that happened, they spooked the devil outta me!
 
The Winkie Castle Guard wielded some wicked looking spears while marching around in formation. Below is an original metal spearhead prop used in the film. No plastic or rubber props in 1939. These were the real thing!
 
 
Lot 0649 Details
649. Original “Winkie” Guard metal spear head from The Wizard of Oz. (MGM, 1939) Cast metal spearhead which was wielded by the “Winkies”, the “Wicked Witch’s” ominous guards. Reminiscent of Adrian’s costume designs for the production, it is quite likely that the prop department created the spearhead based on Adrian’s design. Spearhead measures 30.75 in. long and includes a replacement wooden staff measuring 66 in. long. Moderately pitted across the entire surface of the blade and repainted copper for subsequent production. No damage to extremities as is usually found in these vintage props. In very good condition overall. An incredible artifact and instantly recognizable prop from the beloved film. Special shipping arrangements will apply. $15,000 - $20,000
 
 
 

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