The tablets that contained the Ten Commandments from the 1956 movie starring Charlton Heston sold at auction last month for $60,000. The problem seems to be that the buyer isn’t paying up. The tablets are described as follows:
The description of Lot 422, cited in the complaint, says the “Ten Commandments tablets written by the finger of God” are “(c)onstructed of richly hewn fiberglass on wood backing … in an early Canaanite script practiced in the late Bronze Age (c. 13th century B.C.) Moses era. These tablets were created by Paramount Studios scenic artist A.J. Cirialo, who made them to be slightly irregular with molded chips, craters and dings since they were to be cared with God’s fire bolts, and he painted them in great detail to appear as carved stone.” The tablets come with a letter of authenticity from Cirialo’s family and are in “fine condition,” according to the lot description.
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So the Ten Commandments find themselves back in the courtroom, the center of another legal dispute. If the movie prop sold for $60,000, it makes you wonder what the originals would sell for?