Few places can transport you into the world of magic like the Smithsonian Institute. In their collection, they have movie memorabilia that has excited and enticed fans for years. However, after years and years of being on display, some items aren't holding up under all of the intense lighting.
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One of those items are the iconic ruby slippers Dorothy wears in "The Wizard of Oz." They've started a Kickstarter to help preserve the shoes and keep them from rotting.
Smithsonian officials have launched a $300,000 campaign to conserve the ruby slippers that were worn by actress Judy Garland in the iconic 1939 MGM Hollywood film.
"Join us on our journey to preserve an American icon #KeepThemRuby," the campaign wrote on its website.
The shoes, which weren't made up of rubies, but rather red netting with sequins, were created over 80 years ago. They weren't supposed to last much longer than the filming of the movie.
"They (the slippers) need immediate conservation care and a new, state-of-the-art display case, in order to slow their deterioration and protect them from environmental harm," the campaign continued.
The slippers have faded quite a bit, and some of the threads holding the sequins into place have broken apart, causing the sequins to become loose. So far, the Kickstarted has raised over $34,000 to help save the shoes. The funds will go toward a new calibrated light exposure that controls the humidity and the temperature.