Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Potter's Wax Museum- Richard I


Today's post shows King Richard I of England, also know as Richard the Lionheart. Known for his involvement in the Crusades, Richard stands here at the Potter's Wax Museum as a monument to one of the most recognizable names in English History.

A close up of the wax figure. Richard is often portrayed in Robin Hood stories as the absent King who returns to England to stop Prince John from claiming the crown.

Visit the Potter's Wax Museum's website here.


Sunday, April 05, 2009

Musée Conti- Rediscovery of the Mississippi River

In this scene from the Musée Conti in New Orleans Louisiana we see Pierre Le Moyned'Iberville (1661-1706) as he rediscovers the Mississippi River in 1699. He and his 19 year old Brother, Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne set forth to find the river in order to secure the Louisiana Valley for France. LaSalle had previously claimed the area, but was assassinated. A letter was given to an Indian Chief, along with a blue coat, and if they could find him, then the rights to the area would be proven. This scene recreates that meeting.

A close up of Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville and his younger brother Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne. Iberville is holding the letter.

The Indian Chief with the blue coat.

Sitting by the tree is Friar Anastase Douay, who was present during Lasalle's Assassination.

Visit the Musée Conti website here.


Friday, April 03, 2009

Hollywood Wax Museum to Hold Historic Auction

This week, the Hollywood Wax Museum announced that they will be auctioning nearly 200 of their wax figures. Unlike the Movieland Wax Museum auction, they are not closing. They are cleaning house so to speak, and many of the figures are not actually as popular as they were when they were first sculpted. The auction will feature wax celebrities, musicians, historical, and religious figures, as well as sports icons and memorabilia. It's the perfect chance for any wax figure collector to grab up one of their very own.

Notable figures include two different versions of the cast from M*A*S*H, Jay Leno, the cast from Seinfeld, Mr. T, the Three Stooges, Laurel and Hardy, and many, many others. The most interesting figure for sale, in my opinion, is Ward Bond. The auction description states that it is an original Hollywood Wax Museum figure from the museum's opening. However, it looks identical to the one that was at Movieland. They bought several figures from Movieland when it closed, and I think that it is actually from there, and not original to their museum. Even the backdrops are exactly the same, as well as the outfit the figure wears, down to the stains on the brim of the hat! Assuming I am right, that means Movieland Wax Museum Figures that avoided being auctioned off in 2005, will be sold in 2009. I believe the figures to be; Ward Bond, Debbie Reynolds as the Singing Nun, and Will Rogers.

An example of the one of the figures being sold. This is Cassandra Hu from The Scorpion King.

Michelle Pfeiffer from Batman Returns.

One of the stranger auctions is for Granny's original hat from The Beverly Hillbillies. Not the figure, just the hat. (Another figure from Movieland.)

The figures come from their Hollywood and Branson locations, as well as some items from their Guinness World Records museum.

Visit the Hollywood Wax Museum's website here.

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