The Hollywood Wax Museum in Los Angeles has been a major California tourist trap for half a century.
The museum’s advertising promises that there’s “no denying the lifelike presence you’ll feel when you walk straight up to every expertly-crafted wax figure.”
But some of the wax figures are a little less expertly-crafted than others.
In April 2009, the museum auctioned off over a hundred of its figures – portraying iconic stars from the silent movie era up to the 1990s.
It’s fair to say that without the helpful labels on some of the 170 exhibits, many of which sold for hundreds or even thousands of dollars, you might not be entirely sure who they were supposed to be.
“The Hollywood Wax Museum's famous figures were meticulously crafted by its previous team of wax sculptors, artists and costumers as tributes to the most iconic people and the most cherished moments in classic and current entertainment,” promises the auctioneer’s catalogue.
Your view may vary.
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Twitter user Wyatt Dunkin, who runs a regular garfield YouTube channel, created a thread of what he describes as “the most cursed figures that were sold in this auction.”
The exhibits range from what we think might be Michael Jackson to what may well be Marilyn Monroe, or equally Princess Diana, depending on the lighting.
Wyatt’s thread elicited a number of bemused responses. One Twitter user said the Star Wars exhibit made Ewan MacGregor look like the secret love child of Jeremy Renner and Sean Bean
Some other Twitter users were too stunned to even comment coherently but DJ Cheddar quite reasonably asked "So can someone like actually explain why these are all so bad?
"This is literally their job, they're a big name in it, and they are uniformly terrible at it. How is that possible?"
Mick Braun simply replied: "All of these look like they were made by aliens who’ve only seen humans on tv & never in person before."
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