The Cowardly Lion costume actor Bert Lahr wore in The Wizard of Oz has sold at auction for more than $3 million (£2 million).

The outfit went under the hammer at a Bonham's Turner Classic Movies auction, with highlights also including the piano from the movie Casablanca, which sold for more than $3.4 million (£2.3 million).

Lahr's lion costume was discovered by a junk dealer tasked with clearing out an old Mgm building.

Other items that sold at the auction on Monday (24Nov14) included the sword Viggo Mortensen used as Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings films and a test dress Judy Garland wore as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.