Treasure Hunting In Your Neighborhood
It is possible to find treasure in your neighborhood. One weekend, the Ross’ were driving and stopped at a couple of garage sales on the way to their destination. Something caught Myron’s eye. There amongst all of the other used clothes, books, children’s toys, and kitchen appliances was a wooden rifle. On closer examination of the 5-foot long flintlock musket, he noticed that it had a metal barrel and action and a very unusual crest on the butt. The coat of arms was painted on both sides in gold, black, and silver with the word “Oz.” Myron picked the musket up and walked over to Marilyn. As he approached, Marilyn exclaimed, “Don’t bring that home, my grandchildren aren’t going to be playing with guns.” After assuring her that it was for the business and that he felt it was from The Wizard of Oz, it was purchased and quickly sped home where he could do some research. His findings found that it was indeed from MGM’s 1939 timeless classic The Wizard of Oz. It was one of the six original prop muskets used during production and only one of four known to exist. The Oz musket was sent to an auction house where they added a missing recast trumpet muzzle with bayonet. At the time of auction, it was estimated to be worth $8,000 to $10,000. For very little money, you too can find things at garage sales, church rummage sales, and flea markets that could yield you big dollars. They might not be movie props from treasured Hollywood movies but they could certainly be something special to that ravenous collector.