The Ten Commandments Tablets To Be Sold At Auction
CHARLTON HESTON's most iconic movie treasures are to auctioned off as part of a massive memorabilia sale later this summer (08).
Tablets from The Ten Commandments and the kaftan and pallium the late Heston wore in Ben Hur are among the items which will go under the hammer at the upcoming Profiles in History auction in Los Angeles on 31 July (08) and 1 August (08).
The Ten Commandments tablets, which are expected to fetch upto $60,000 (GBP30,000), were one of four used in the 1956 movie classic, and are considered to be the best preserved.
They were given to The Sands Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where they have been on display for many years.
A spokesman for Profiles In History says, "These tablets retain the beautiful red and black-speckled patina of the Mount Sinaiinspired granite, with translucent white engraved letters and nearly pristine edges.
"There are few props in the history of film that are so easily recognisable, and so coveted by seasoned collectors of original Hollywood film relics. Overall the tablets remain in exceptional condition."
Meanwhile, Heston's Ben Hur costume is expected to fetch more than $12,000 (GBP6,000).
The two lots are part of a 1,000 item haul, offered as part of Profiles in History's 32nd auction of Hollywood memorabilia.