The Sphinx was unearthed recently on the California shoreline and it weighs around 300 pounds or so. This would be all over the news right now if it weren’t for the fact that it is actually just a prop from a 1920s movie. The movie is actually quite popular, it is known as The Ten Commandments and it was made by Cecil B. DeMille.
It was the most expensive movie at the time which shows in its extravagant movie props that actually do stand the test of time apparently since the sphinx that was unearthed is in great shape all things considered.
Most of the budget of the movie went into making up the incredible Egyptian set and since it was filmed in California they had to build everything from scratch. Once they wrapped up the movie the props were all demolished and buried underground with the exception of this one.
The reasoning behind its exception is still unknown, but a lot of the people involved were very attached to the project so it isn’t too much of a stretch to assume that someone behind the scenes didn’t want everything to go to waste and decided to bury a specific sphinx underground instead. In a way, this made the prop more real than it was ever intended to be since for a few days the people that discovered the sphinx genuinely believed it to be real.