CALABASSAS, Calif. – For the first time in its 44-year history, the Hollywood Wax Museum is offering hand-sculpted wax figures and original costumes for auction. More than 200 figures, including movie stars, musicians, athletes, and historical individuals that have been seen by millions of visitors in Hollywood, Calif., and Branson, Mo., from the 1970s to present will be sold by Profiles in History, on Friday, May 1, 2009. Bids can be placed either in person, via mail, phone, fax or live on the Internet at www.liveauctioneers.com.
The Hollywood Wax Museum’s famous figures were meticulously crafted by a team of wax sculptors, artists and costumers as tributes to the most iconic people and the most cherished moments in classic and current entertainment.
The Hollywood Wax Museum was created by entrepreneur Spoony Singh; all three locations are owned and operated by his sons and grandson. Their company, Kuvera Attractions, recently retired the figures and original Hollywood costumes while making renovations in the Hollywood and Branson museums.
“This is an exciting time for us,” said partner Tej Sundher, Singh’s grandson. “We are putting the finishing touches on our largest renovation of the museum in Branson since we opened it in 1996, and our focus is solely Hollywood-centric. We are no longer showcasing athletes and historical personalities at any of our museums. We are providing more opportunities for visitors to get into the sets with the stars for incredible pictures. We are working with a team of artists who are using new techniques to create lifelike figures that are less fragile than the older ones.”
According to Joe Maddalena, president and CEO of Profiles in History, “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a true piece of Hollywood’s history. Millions of people from all over the world have visited the Hollywood Wax Museum and seen these wax figures, each of them a piece of art in itself. Profiles in History is honored to be selected by the wax museum to handle these treasures and to pass them on to collectors.”
Each figure comes with a signed certificate of authenticity from the Hollywood Wax Museum. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to assist in the ongoing effort to preserve the historic Walk of Fame.
A downloadable catalog of all the available wax figures is available at www.profilesinhistory.com.