Sometimes we find remarkable listings via eBay’s Top Shared page, often through our most watched list, and other times we just find something interesting and write about it. But this is the first time we have had a remarkable listing that was suggested by a seller on eBay, and with an interesting story behind it as well.
Long time Top Rated Seller male_rn_76 contacted us about an item he was asked to list. Today’s remarkable listing is this Rare Signed Albert Einstein Wax Figure Head by Katherine Stubergh:
This amazing wax figure is incredibly life-like. The description of the head from the listing describes why:
“This Bizarre Rarity was commissioned by Albert Einstein himself, to be created by Katherine Stubergh (the legendary wax sculptress of the stars) shortly after he came to America. This amazing work was done as a “Live Blast” which means that Mr. Einstein actually sat with Stubergh in her studio as she took a mold casting off of his face and created this exact detailed work of art! This is the only one known to exist! If this wasn’t already enough, on the back of the head, Einstein has signed the piece!”
It turned out that the Cave City Wax Museum, where this piece was displayed, recently closed and a number of the figures in the collection were sold. We contacted the seller via email to get a bit more information about how his store came to be the place that sold this remarkable find. He wrote:
I was contacted by the owner of this item due to being listed in the Ebay directory of certified sellers. I was asked to meet him at 2pm this past Saturday at the now closed museum were he had some items he thought I might be interested in selling. He specifically only mentioned that he had 40,000 brand new postcards from the 1960s of the museum and wanted to know if I might wanna sell them. He never mentioned any of the other items, including the head. I almost did not go!
I arrived on time at 2pm, at 2:15 he still was not there, and I left. I drove 5 miles down the road and a truck pulled up next to me in the wrong lane of traffic waving me down. He apologized and asked for me to please come back to the museum. Reluctant to go, I turned around and went. Upon entering the museum he took me straight into the former exhibit areas and began to show me all the original now antique items he would like to have sold. He then began to explain to me he had this real rare item he would like to sale, but he did not know what avenue to take.
He came back with a box, and inside was Einsteins head!
He went on to say that this listing is making waves in Germany, where Einstein was born. Einstein needs no introduction, being one of the most influential physicists to ever live. He is renowned for his theory of relativity and his “most famous equation” E = mc2 (where E is energy, m is mass, and c is the speed of light). Apparently he sat for Katherine Stubergh, who had earned notoriety for creating uncannily accurate wax figures of entertainment luminaries such as Charles Chaplin, Mae West, John Barrymore, and Mary Pickford. You can find out more about Katherine here, and take a look at this cool video of Katherine using her “Live Blast” technique.
This is such an intriguing item and we are pleased to have one of our eBay sellers contacted to list it. If you want to read more about Einstein’s head, take a look at the articles below: