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Presented is a 1970’s recreation of the hat worn by actor Meinhardt Raabe for his role as one of the “Munchkins” in the 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer musical film, “The Wizard of Oz.”  Raabe had this hat created for him to wear at public appearances from the 1970s to his death in 2010 at “Wizard of Oz” fan conventions and other show business events, including appearances on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Entertainment Tonight.” Raabe portrayed the coroner who certified the death of the Wicked Witch of the East. Raabe, however, was uncredited in the role, which lasted only 13 seconds. In the film, the coroner confirms the death of the Wicked Witch of the East, with Raabe's lines being: “As coroner, I must aver, I thoroughly examined her, And she's not only merely dead, She's really, most sincerely dead!” These lines, like most of those delivered by the Munchkins, were dubbed over with the speeded-up voices of other performers.

In addition to his role in the film, Raabe worked for many decades as a spokesman for Oscar Mayer, where he was known as "Little Oscar, World's Smallest Chef". He traveled in the first Wienermobile, which was the idea of the company founder's nephew, Carl Mayer, in 1936. Because the vehicle had little space for any passengers, Mayer realized the spokesman would have to be small, and Raabe got the job. The purple felt hat has a 11½ x 16-inch brim, and a green ribbon around the 4½-inch high crown.

1970s Wizard of Oz Meinhardt Raabe Owned and Worn Coroners Hat
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Minimum Bid: $100.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,168.50
Number Bids: 21
Auction closed on Sunday, August 11, 2019.
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