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Henry VIII came face to face with his many wives at the Chippenham Auction Rooms in Wiltshire.

A waxwork statue of Sir Winston Churchill has led a £20,000 sale of a bizarre assortment of lifelike figures of the great and the good.

The life-size model of the wartime Prime Minister in his pomp sold for nearly £8,000 to a private individual who plans to put it in his living room for display.

The next highest figure was that of a highly-realistic Henry VIII - and everyone of his six wives. The royal group sold for £3,600 to a television props company.

Other waxworks that sold included a figure of a Chelsea Pensioner, Tom Thumb dressed as Napolean Bonarpate and Queen Alexandra.

The figures were all sold by the owners of Yesterday's World, a provincial museum dedicated to British social history. The attraction, in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, went out of business last November.