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DFW Elite Toy Museum Offers Public Sneak Peak of New Exhibit at Pre-Opening Party on Thursday, October 9, 2014

Oddities, Antiquities and Rarities Exhibit Pre-Opening Gala from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Museum

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    The life-size "Death of Cleopatra" automaton is the star of DFW Elite Toy Museum's newest exhibition.
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    Rolls Royce Steam Auto "Lilli of Paris" made by J.P. Hartmann of Paris.
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    Rolls Royce Hunting Wagon #1.
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    Scratch-built, one-off Rolls Royce Model at DFW Elite Toy Museum in Fort Worth, TX.

Those wishing to get the first look at the queen of the Nile are invited to DFW Elite Toy Museum's pre-opening gala on Thursday, October 9.

    FORT WORTH, TX, August 26, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- 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. Those wishing to get the first look at the queen of the Nile are invited to the pre-opening gala on Thursday, October 9.

The free event will be 530 to 7:30 pm at the museum at 5940 Eden in Haltom City, Texas. RSVP to Jennifer Knittel at Dress is casual, and drinks and appetizers will be served.

"'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.

The Oddities, Antiquities and Rarities exhibit will run through Feb. 28, 2015.

A dog-friendly museum with free admission, the DFW Elite Toy Museum has a collection of more than 3000 rare and collectible toys. For more information about the special and rare toys in the current exhibition, please visit

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