Lawyers and suits and disputes, oh my! Why the niece of a dead priest is halting the sale of Judy Garland’s iconic Wizard of Oz dress

The niece of a dead priest is suing a US auction house to try to halt the sale of Judy Garland’s iconic Wizard of Oz gingham dress.

The blue and white checked dress, believed to be one of six originals from the film was due to go under the hammer at Bonhams on Tuesday but may now be withdrawn.

According to Bonhams, the dress was being offered for sale by the Catholic University of America based in Washington, DC.

It had been gifted to the University’s former Head of Drama, Reverend Gilbert Hartke, by Mercedes McCambridge, a Hollywood actress and Artist in Residence at the University in 1973.