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2014-11-25 18:00

New York - Bert Lahr's Cowardly Lion costume from the classic film The Wizard of Oz has sold for more than $3m at an auction in New York City.

The big cat outfit had been authenticated as the one Lahr wore in the 1939 film. Its face is a sculpted likeness of the late actor.

It sold at an auction of Hollywood items at Bonhams on Monday.

This is the costume, as shared by Bonhams on their Facebook page:

A spokesperson for costume owner James Comisar says a secondary costume used in the film was sold at auction in recent years for close to $1m.

Comisar has a trove of TV memorabilia from shows including I Love Lucy and Lost. He has said he plans to use money from the Cowardly Lion costume sale to exhibit his collection.

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