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Last-minute gifts: Hollywood memorabilia that helps a good cause

December 18, 2009 |  3:30 pm

Dorothy-Ruby-Slippers

Truth be told, I scoffed a bit when the Image section told you about Keira Knightley's silky emerald green gem from "Atonement" or Audrey Hepburn's black Chantilly lace number from "How to Steal a Million." Someone would really spend that much money on an (albeit gorgeous) dress? But now it all becomes crystal clear: To raise funds for the Hollywood Media Arts Academy, a program which helps at-risk youths, the Hollywood Entertainment Museum is auctioning off some interesting memorabilia including -- wait for it -- ruby red slippers labeled "MGM Wardrobe J. Garland."

As someone who spent her preschool years begging to change her name to Dorothy, this is a very.big.deal. So while you can stock up on Frank Sinatra's toupee and wig blocks, Alfred Hitchcock’s honorary doctorate from Columbia University -- including his cap, gown, sash, photo and letter -- or David Carradine's suede coat, shirt and shoes while the auction is open this Saturday and Sunday, I will be hoping to get those pretties via the online auction at SuperAuctions.com.

Hollywood Entertainment Museum’s 100 Year Collection Up for Auction to Save Education for At-Risk Youth, 11 a.m. to about 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Bid in person at Hollywood Center Studios, Sound Stage 7 1040 North Las Palmas Ave, Los Angeles or online at SuperAuctions.com, where you can also pre-register. Public preview and inspections are on-site today until 6 p.m. and this weekend from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. both days.

-- Whitney Friedlander

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Photo credit: Hollywood Entertainment Museum

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