Cowardly Lion Costume brings a big price at Hollywood Memorabilia Auction

The iconic cowardly lion costume from the 1939 movie version of The Wizard of Oz was one of the star attractions at an auction of Hollywood memorabilia held at Bonhams in New York, NBC News reports. The costume was part of a host of Hollywood memorabilia that was put up for auction that also included the iconic piano played in the movie Casablanca.

The cowardly lion costume was one of the star attractions and sold for $3 million after it was revealed this was one of the costumes worn during filming of the Judy Garland classic by Bert Lahr. The lion costume is made from actual lion pelts and features a central zipper hidden in the front of the costume and a tail attached to the rear. The story of the costume itself is almost as entertaining as the movie itself to Sergio Lins Andrade, a story which saw the costume found in an MGM storage building. It is thought that the costume appears in up to a dozen scenes within the movie and was dried to remove perspiration each night in an industrial drying bin.

The Casablanca piano, played by Dooley Wilson as Sam, a drummer who was forced to mime playing the piano in the Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman movie sold for higher than estimated at $3.4 million.