Wiltshire

Churchill waxwork makes £6,500 at Chippenham auction

Waxwork of Winston Churchill Image copyright Chippenham Auction Rooms
Image caption The wax figure of Winston Churchill had been estimated to sell for up to £7,000

A "highly detailed" life-size wax figure of Sir Winston Churchill has made £6,500 at auction in Chippenham.

The item, one of 32 waxworks, was part of a 1,100-lot sale of the entire contents of the Yesterday's World attraction in Great Yarmouth.

Before the sale the figures were made available for 'selfies' to raise money for Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

A "realistic" and bearded Chelsea Pensioner in traditional uniform sold for £1,500, the auction house said.

Image caption The wax figures for sale included a "highly detailed and realistic" Chelsea Pensioner, the auction house said

However, the Charlie Chaplin and King Henry VIII waxworks failed to sell.

Yesterday's World museum in Norfolk, dedicated to the Victorian era and early 20th Century, closed down in November after it failed to sell as a going concern.

Auctioneer Richard Edmonds said: "They formed various exhibits around the museum and Winston Churchill stood proudly at the entrance to welcome people as they came through the door."

Image caption The "highly realistic" wax figure of Winston Churchill was available for 'selfies' ahead of its sale

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