$100,075 for Forgotten 'Oz' Girl

'Wizard of Oz' themed painting by Natalia Babi

April 17, 2013
By James Massey

(Source: WhatSellsBest.com) - Fierce bidding has pushed the price of a 'Wizard of Oz' themed painting by Natalia Babi, past $100,000 on eBay.

The contemporary painting, based on a China Country character (a young girl made of porcelain china) in L. Frank Baum's original book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, was surprisingly not included in the 1939 film adaption.

Interestingly, China Country was excluded from the 1939 film adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, due to time constraints. In the 2013 prequel of Oz the Great and Powerful, China Country was reintroduced with the appearance of the young porcelain China Girl, who is depicted in the painting.

Paintings of iconic Oz characters have been known to fetch substantial prices in years past, especially when done by a known artist. In 2011 an Andy Warhol panting of Oz's Wicked Witch of the West fetched $2.3 million (before the buyers premium).

But, the painting isn't the only China Girl item proving to be popular on eBay...

Disney's Limited Edition 'China Girl' Doll - Snapped-Up

The U.S. Disney Store released a limited edition of 500 China Girl Dolls (online) for $179.50 on February 4, 2013. Reportedly, all the were dolls sold-out two days. Shortly thereafter 26 new-in-box (China Girl) dolls fetched sold-prices of between $225 - $544 in auctions on eBay. (See recent: Active China Girl Dolls | Sold China Girl Dolls)

VIDEO: Disney's Limited Edition China Doll (Source: YouTube)

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