Famous faces lose their appeal and go under the hammer at Penzance auction house
AT the height of their popularity, these well-known faces would have been constantly in the spotlight.
Unfortunately, waning fame has consigned them to the celebrity scrapheap and now they have suffered the ultimate snub – their waxworks have been removed from show and are going under the hammer at an auction house in Penzance.
Some of the effigies show a likeness to their warm-blooded counterparts but others, including a dumbfounded looking football star Pele and eerie Bob Hope, are less easy to recognise.
"The lot is made up of the heads of public figures deemed out of date, either through change of appearance or waning relevance in the ever-changing world of celebrity," said Michael Lay, spokesman for David Lay Auctions.
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"Most remain anonymous, except perhaps to the most fervent of fans." At one time the waxworks are believed to have had pride of place in the corridors of the famous tourist attraction Madame Tussauds but have since been acquired by private collectors who are now offering them up on the open market.
Only a few of the 12 to 15 heads have stood the test of time. Among them is a very youthful-looking Prince Charles, a George Best bust that has seen better days and a grinning Ken Dodd.
"While the lot is already gathering interest among collectors it also serves as a haunting reminder for celebrities and the famous that any time in the limelight is almost always temporary – or at least it is for their waxy lookalikes; Madame Tussauds one day, sold off in a sack the next," said Mr Lay.
The waxwork lot is due to be sold on March 6 and 7.