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Dunes Center to host soiree with artifacts from 1923 movie set in Guadalupe

The Dunes Center will unveil recent artifacts derived from a nearby movie set site Saturday night, and the center has opened the event to the public.

"Sphinx and Drinks: Gala, Auction, and Artifact Debut" will be a festive fundraiser and educational event, meant to share artifacts excavated from the set of "The Ten Commandments" by Cecil B. DeMille’s and open the Dunes Center museum’s work for educational opportunities. 

The movie was filmed in Guadalupe in 1923.

Excavating artifacts is a costly and rare occurrence. Each time crews dig, it costs about $150,000. There have been three times crews have excavated different pieces in 2012, 2014 and 2017. 

There will be "toe-tapping" melodies by the Tipsy Gypsies in a 1920’s theme soiree with cocktails, local breweries and wineries, and a live auction. 

"This is a unique opportunity for our summertime soirée guests," said Doug Jenzen, the Dunes Center executive director. "Being able to get a hands on tour of our renovated exhibits and activities is something that the general public doesn’t normally have.  Perhaps most exciting, however, is the debut of archaeological artifacts recently excavated from the Dunes, including a massive 300-pound head."

The fundraiser helps pay for nature and educational programs at the museum. 

The event is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here

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