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Recently unveiled sphinx head now on display at Dunes Center

Posted at 5:05 PM, Jul 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-24 20:05:23-04

A plaster sphinx head from the set of the movie "The Ten Commandments" is now on display at the Dunes Center in Guadalupe.Cecil B. DeMille filmed the epic in the dunes near Guadalupe back in 1923. When he was done, he ordered that the massive movie set be dismantled and buried in the sand. Archaeologists unearth plaster sphinx from "The Ten Commandments" at Guadalupe DunesIn recent years, archaeologists have uncovered several artifacts from the buried set, many of which are on display at the Dunes Center in the popular "Lost City of DeMille" exhibit.The restored sphinx was unveiled at a fundraising gala over the weekend. Dunes Center officials say it was their most successful fundraiser ever. Hundreds of people attended and they raised 300 percent more money than at any other Dunes Center fundraiser."Every time we unveil a piece of this movie set and we have a room full of people and we pull that curtain down, there’s an audible gasp and this time was even more so than previous years," said Doug Jenzen, Dunes Center Executive Director.A plaster sphinx head from "The Ten Commandments" movie set on display at the Dunes Center. (KSBY photo)The money will help fund educational programs at the center, which sees more than 8,000 kids every year.Jenzen says the Dunes Center also hopes to conduct another archaeological dig in the future to retrieve the sphinx’s shoulder and complete the relic.  Raising the sphinx: Meet the people behind a movie set restoration projectThe Dunes Center is located at 1065 Guadalupe Street. It is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults. Children 12 and under are admitted for free.