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‘Cowardly Lion’ Sale Fetches $250G

December 13, 1998

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A shirt Leonardo DiCaprio wore in ``Titanic″ and Michael Keaton’s Batman suit fetched thousands of dollars apiece at a Hollywood memorabilia auction, but neither came close to the Cowardly Lion costume worn by Bert Lahr in ``The Wizard of Oz,″ which sold for $250,000.

DiCaprio’s shirt brought $10,000. The Batman suit went for $60,000.

The Cowardly Lion costume included the original body of lion pelts, and a remade headpiece, event publicist Dianne Bennett said.

Another ``Oz″ item, the Wicked Witch’s hat used in the scene where she exclaims ``I’m melting!,″ sold for $50,000.

Other items sold at the ``Hollywood: A Collector’s Ransom 5″ auction included a cane used by Charlie Chaplin in ``The Masquerader″ _ it went for $16,000 _ and greeting cards from Princess Diana. Two cards sold for $6,500 each.

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