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Plaster sphinx maquette from The Ten Commandments

Plaster sphinx maquette from The Ten Commandments. (Paramount, 1923) Original plaster sphinx which was the prototype made up in the Paramount Prop department. Sixteen full-sized figures were constructed of plaster over a plywood and chicken-wire frame appear in the finished film shot in northern California. All were bulldozed and buried in the sand after filming. DeMille kept this model in his office for the rest of his life and used it in 1954 when pointing out he did not want breasts on the sphinxes the second time around in Egypt! Wilcoxon used it as a paperweight in his Paramount office after DeMille”s death in 1959, taking it home in 1963. $1000 – $1500′

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