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"The Wizard of Oz" Cowardly Lion costume fetches $3 million at auction

Bert Lahr's Cowardly Lion costume from the classic film "The Wizard of Oz" has sold for more than $3 million at a New York City auction.

The costume -- made from real lion skin and fur -- had been authenticated as the one Lahr wore in the 1939 film, and its face is a sculpted likeness of the late actor.

The piano from Casablanca on which Sam plays "As Time Goes By" is on display at Bonham's on Nov. 24, 2014, in New York. DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images

It sold at an auction of Hollywood items at Bonhams on Monday. At that same auction, the piano from 1942's "Casablanca" -- the one Dooley Wilson's Sam uses to play "As Time Goes By" after Humphrey Bogart's Rick implores him to "play it!" -- also sold for $3.4 million.

A spokesman for the Cowardly Lion costume owner James Comisar says a secondary costume used in the film was sold at auction in recent years for close to $1 million.

Comisar has a trove of TV memorabilia from shows including "I Love Lucy" and "Lost." He has said he plans to use money from the costume sale to exhibit his collection.

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