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Madame Tussaud’s Wax Facts

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Madame Tussaud’s Wax – Portrait Facts

Frankenstein wax figure being scuplted at Madame Tussaud’s
  • Each strand of hair is inserted individually, taking approximately five weeks to complete each head.
  • Two maintenance teams inspect and primp each figure daily before the attraction opens.
  • To add authenticity to the portraits at Madame Tussaud’s New York, many artifacts have been donated from the celebrity or purchased from auctions.
  • All portraits have their hair washed and make-up retouched regularly.
  • From the first private sitting with a celebrity to completion, it takes approximately six months to create a figure.
  • More than 250 precise measurements and photographs of a subject are taken to accurately create a wax portrait.
  • All celebrities’ vital statistics are kept confidential, despite repeated requests from the public and media.
  • Because wax shrinks, was figures are made two percent larger than the real life subjects they portray.
  • More than 500 million people worldwide have visited a Madame Tussaud’s, that’s more than the population of North America and Australia combined.
  • Dating back to the early 1900, members of the British Royal Family have routinely participated in sittings for portraits by Madame Tussaud’s. This tradition continues today, including a sitting with Diana, Princess of Wales just months before she died.

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  1. Love your creations! Where can I find information on repairing wax figures, such as broken fingers and scratches.

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    Good question! I would first ask around at antique shops if they know of any local restoration services.

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