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SYDNEY, NSW - JUNE 21: The Sydney Symphony Orchestra during a rehearsal of "The Wizard of Oz" in front of a big screen in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House June 21, 2006 in Sydney, Australia. The classic 1939 "The Wizard of Oz" movie will be shown at Sydney's famous Opera House, with all the original orchestral sound removed and replaced with the musical score played live by the Sydney Symphony. (Photo by Patrick Riviere/Getty Images)

Before you toss that cardboard box, take a look inside.  The contents might have a connection to a classic Hollywood film.

According to the Washington Post, one of the dresses Judy Garland wore in “The Wizard of Oz” had been missing for many years after being given to a friend. That dress was recently found by a drama department professor at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

“As soon as I popped the top off the box, I knew what it was,” Matt Ripa told the Post. “I saw that blue gingham and I just started laughing and laughing. I mean, I’m still laughing. Because I was shocked, holding a piece of Hollywood history right in my hands.”

Read the remarkable re-discovery story here:

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