As the 50th anniversary celebrations of Sir Winston Churchill’s state funeral have re-invigorated the interest in the late Prime Minister’s life and career, so too it appears to have amplified the clamour for memorabilia and artefacts that pertain to the notable figure in British and world history. This was clearly in evidence at an auction in Wiltshire at the weekend, where riding on the nostalgia and popular acclaim of the moment a life-sized waxwork of the great man was sold for £6,500, as the sale was cleverly engineered to coincide with the anniversary. The Wiltshire Air Ambulance was also able to benefit from the event, as organisers allowed the general public to take selfies alongside the waxworks (including the one of Churchill) before the sale began, charging them £1 a picture for the privilege, to raise money for the worthy charity.

Organisers of the auction had estimated that the waxwork would probably sell for something approaching the £7,000 mark, so the final figure may have been slightly disappointing, but nonetheless a reasonable return. Another lot that featured a Chelsea Pensioner wearing his traditional uniform was sold for a hefty £1,500.

There were some characters that are clearly not in vogue at present though, reflecting the ever-changing mood of the British public one feels, as the waxworks of Charlie Chaplin and King Henry VIII were not able to be sold on the day.

The Churchill waxwork was formerly located at Yesterday’s World in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, a museum that featured items relating to the Victorian era and early 20th Century and had been open to the public since 2007. Churchill’s waxwork had been the first display that greeted visitors to the museum as they entered the building. When the museum closed in November, as there were no parties interested in taking it on as a going concern, the entire contents of the show were transported away, in anticipation of going under the hammer at some time in the New Year. Their destination proved to be the sales room in Chippenham, where the auction took place. The Churchill waxwork was part of a collection of 32 in total at the former Norfolk attraction that went up for sale, with more than one thousand lots being sold in total.

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