Saturday, November 25, 2006

Calling all egotists

Surely one of the greatest marks of success, the thing that really sets you apart from the rest, is getting a call from Madame Tussauds requesting your presence, so that they can immortalise you in wax. With locations all over the world, Madame Tussauds is renowned for creating the most spectacular likenesses of the world's most famous and revered people.

Walk into any Madame Tussauds and you'll find yourself inadvertently chatting with Brad Pitt, having a laugh with JFK, or possibly sticking your tongue out at Thatcher. The works are so remarkably lifelike that it's unnerving they don't breathe.

There is no clearer indication that you've "made it" than being 'done' by Madame Tussauds, but we can't all be famous. Fortunately that's no longer necessary, now you can commission their brilliant wax artists to immortalise you.

You don't have to be famous, or even revered, but you do need to be minted. Setting you back a cool £150,000 you will have an entourage (oops, we mean team) of twenty people lavishing you and your sculpture with attention for four whole months. You heard us correctly, four months. This is how long it takes to get the perfect detail, to reflect your exact measurements, to capture your expression and to match your hair and eye colour to achieve the 'Version II' of you.

If you don't have time to go to all the sittings in London, the sculptors are skilled enough to progress with research photos. All the sittings are however included in the price, as is a DVD and photo album of the process. A team will also transport and install your wax figure in your chosen private location.

Although your figure will not actually be displayed in Madame Tussauds itself, the quality and detail of your figure is identical to those displayed in the attraction. You won't be restricted by opening hours and you can make like a VIP, and only invite your chosen visitors to admire your double.

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