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Steve Jobs at Madame Tussauds, relaxed and very realistic looking

September 19, 2012|By Deborah Netburn
  • An artist works on a wax figure of Steve Jobs that will soon go on display at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong.
An artist works on a wax figure of Steve Jobs that will soon go on display at… (Madame Tussauds Hong Kong )

Steve Jobs is about to join Barack Obama, Jackie Chan, Nicole Kidman and Mozart at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong.

The tourist attraction famous for creating hauntingly lifelike sculptures of famous people will unveil a Jobs wax figure Sept. 27.

The model is based on pictures taken of the tech innovator during a 2006 Fortune magazine shoot, Madame Tussauds said. It shows the Apple Inc. cofounder in a relaxed position, arms crossed loosely over his chest, with a pair of silver-rimmed Lunor glasses perched on his face.

(The black turtleneck, Levis 501 jeans and New Balance sneakers are a given).

The rush to immortalize Jobs by recreating his likeness began just days after his death in October 2011. The first Steve Jobs bronze statue was commissioned by Gabor Bojar, the founder of Graphisoft, a Hungarian company that develops software for architects. Bojar said Jobs had given his company much needed support in its early days.

The statue, featuring Jobs in his trademark outfit and one creepy claw-hand raised in the air, was unveiled in an office park in Budapest just 2½ months after his death.

In January a company called In Icons created a controversy when it put images of a hyper-realistic Steve Jobs action figure on its website. The figure, which was so detailed that even the wrinkles on Jobs' forehead were carefully drawn in, was 12 inches high and the company said it would sell for $99.

However, a few days later, In Icons pulled the figure, citing "immense pressure" from lawyers from Apple and Jobs' family. 

Madame Tussauds promises that its lifesize Steve Jobs will have similar details. The company said a team of artists spent three months working on the wax figure, inserting each strand of hair one by one into the wax head using a forked needle, and using fine silk threads to recreate the subtle veining in the whites of his eyes. 

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