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Wizard of Oz Munchkin Costume: Joseph Koziel

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Wizard of Oz Munchkin Costume: Joseph Koziel

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Auction Date:2015 Mar 19 @ 13:00 (UTC-5 : EST/CDT)
Location:236 Commercial St., Suite 100, Boston, Massachusetts, 02109, United States
ALS - Autograph Letter Signed
ANS - Autograph Note Signed
AQS - Autograph Quotation Signed
AMQS - Autograph Musical Quotation Signed
DS - Document Signed
FDC - First Day Cover
Inscribed - “Personalized”
ISP - Inscribed Signed Photograph
LS - Letter Signed
SP - Signed Photograph
TLS - Typed Letter Signed
Joseph Koziel's screen-worn Munchkin costume from the classic 1939 film Wizard of Oz, consisting of caramel-brown cotton-wool flannel pants with an attached off-white undershirt. The costume closes in the back with its original hook-and-loop fasteners and the wardrobe tag, notated "Joseph Koziel," is sewn into a seam in the pants. Black stirrups are attached to the ends of the pant legs to hold them in place. An MGM identification label with a property receipt number is attached to the undershirt. In very good condition, with some moth holes to the pants. Accompanied by a wardrobe test still of Koziel wearing the costume and a certificate of authenticity from Startifacts.

Despite the MGM costumers having to dress over one hundred Munchkins, no two Munchkin Villagers had exactly the same appearance. Koziel is somewhat unique amongst the Munchkins, as he was one of just two of the actors to have their voice actually used in the production—the other Munchkin voices were dubbed by voice artists who did not appear on screen. Regarding the death of the Wicked Witch of the East, Koziel can be heard singing the line, 'We thank you very sweetly for doing it so neatly,' to which fellow Munchkin Frank Cucksey responds, 'You killed her so completely that we thank you very sweetly.' A rarely offered Munchkin costume from one of cinema’s all-time classics.