Consideration, my pretties, it seems that the Depraved Witch of the West’s iconic hourglass has discovered a brand new residence.
The signature Wizard of Oz prop not too long ago bought for $495,000. Heritage Auctions, a corporation identified for auctioning off collectibles, described it because the “most well-known and recognizable timepiece in movie historical past.”
The piece performed a central position within the film, during which the Depraved Witch threatens Dorothy, saying with the hourglass in hand, “You see that? That’s how for much longer you’ve bought to be alive! And it isn’t lengthy, my fairly! It isn’t lengthy! I can’t wait endlessly to get these sneakers!”
Over the course of the scene, the digital camera zooms in on the hourglass and exhibits that Dorothy’s pals, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Cowardly Lion, are operating out of time to avoid wasting her from the Depraved Witch.
Whereas many variations of the hourglass had been created for the movie, the one which bought on Dec. 17 was made out of wooden and papier-mâché. It was used within the climactic scene the place the Witch holds it above her head in an act of defiance towards Dorothy and her pals as they attempt to escape.
In line with Heritage Auctions, the hourglass’ Gothic body was crafted by studio artisans, who included winged gargoyles perched on prime of its spiraled columns. The glass was additionally hand-blown and full of crimson glitter later for show functions, because the glitter doesn’t match via the glass’ slim neck.