Bidding for rights to "The Judy Garland Show," which ran on CBS from 1963 to 1964, begins at $1 million
Have a really big Judy Garland fan on your holiday shopping list? Have a spare $1 million or so kicking around? You might be interested in this.
The rights for Garland's variety series "The Judy Garland Show" are being put up for auction by The Royalty Exchange, the online auction house said Friday. Bidding, which begins at $1 million, will be open until Dec. 20.
The package includes the rights to all 26 episodes of the series, which ran on CBS from 1963 to 1964, with home video/DVD, video-on-demand, clip clearance and sync license rights included.
The auction lot also includes outtakes from the show, a behind-the-scenes photo gallery, press and glamor stills from the series, and an audio commentary from people who were involved with the show.
After winning a network bidding war in 1963, CBS agreed to pay "The Wizard of Oz" star Garland $24 million for the show — at the time, one of the biggest television deals on record, and a much-needed cash influx for Garland, who had been experiencing tax troubles. The eclectic list of guests who appeared on the show includes Barbra Streisand, Mickey Rooney, Count Basie, Lena Horne, Bob Newhart, Peggy Lee and Garland's daughter, Liza Minnelli. Garland would also perform solo concerts on the program.
Watch a clip from Streisand's appearance on the show below.