Oddities, Antiquities and Rarities Exhibit at DFW Elite Toy Museum

 

A life-size automaton that dramatizes that death of Cleopatra, Egypt’s most glamorous queen, will be the star of DFW Elite Toy Museum’s “Oddities, Antiquities and Rarities” Exhibition, on view through Feb. 28, 2015.

“‘The Death of Cleopatra’ is the most dramatic of the automatons in the exhibit,” said DFW entrepreneur and museum owner Ron Sturgeon “The automaton beautifully depicts a still breathing Cleopatra, as a pair of asps writhe at her ankle,” said Curator Rodney Ross. The exhibit will also include other automatons, as well as many one-of-a-kind collectible models from the renowned toy collector Count Giansanti-Coluzzi and a fan-favorite prop from The Addams Family television program.

“These one-off models purchased from the Count provide a glimpse into recent automotive history,” said Rodney Ross, curator of the DFW Elite Toy Museum. In particular, the museum will highlight four Rolls Royce models made by J. P. Hartmann of Paris that came from Count Coluzzi’s private toy collection.

“Count Giansanti-Coluzzi was a discerning collector with impeccable taste,” Sturgeon said. “The Rolls Royce models attracted a lot of interest from bidders and are special to me because they were prized a toy collector I both knew and admired,” said Sturgeon.

A dog-friendly museum with free admission, the DFW Elite Toy Museum, 5940 Eden in Haltom City, Texas, has a collection of more than 3000 rare and collectible toys. For more information about the special and rare toys in the current exhibition, visit http://www.dfwelitetoymuseum.com.

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