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Stolen ruby slippers from ‘Wizard of Oz’ restored, FBI says

The FBI says that the red slippers stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Minnesota in 2005, restored after 13 years.

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There may be finally a home for an iconic pair of red slippers worn by Judy Garland in “The Wizard of Oz” that were stolen from a Minnesota museum 13 years ago.

The FBI said officials are expected to announce Tuesday in Minneapolis at 2 p.m. and that the slippers stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids, Minn. in August 2005, have been recovered.

The ruby slippers were taken during a robbery in which someone broke through a window and broke into the small display case. The shoes were insured for $1 million.

Michael Shaw, the slippers’ owner who lent them to the museum, told the Duluth News Tribune in 2005, the theft was “the worst nightmare for me,” and that he was “devastated” by the theft.

This April 10, 1996, file photo shows one of the four pairs of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 film.

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“The slippers are a major attraction to our museum. It is our hope that the slippers can be recovered immediately,” he told the newspaper in 2005.

The theft of the slippers led to a million-dollar reward offered by a Wizard of Oz fan in Arizona, in addition to an underwater search by the Itasca County Sheriff’s Dive Team in 2015, according to KSTP.

Four pairs of ruby slippers worn by Garland in the movie are known. The shoes are made of about a dozen different materials, such as wood pulp, silk thread, gelatin, plastic and glass.

Most of the ruby color comes from sequins, but the bows of the shoes contain red beads.

The iconic red ruby slippers get their color from the sequins, but the bows of the shoes contain red beads.

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After the shoes were stolen, Morgan White, the director of the documentary “The Slippers,” he told KSTP his knees literally buckled from under me.”

“Who took them took not only a physical pair of shoes, but they have stolen many of the memories of people,” White told the tv station.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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