The first official image of Steve Jobs in wax at Madame Tussauds has been released through a source in Hong Kong. The hauntingly realistic likeness was labored over by a team of sculptors and artists during a three month period at the cost of nearly $200,000 USD.
A larger than usual crowd is expected to turn out today when the lifesize Jobs is officially unveiled to the public. We expect to receive even more photos from the unveiling ceremony at Madame Tussauds sometime this evening.
Madame Tussauds confirmed there will be “No ropes or barriers between you and your favorite stars.” Which means getting up close and personal with the life-like Steve Jobs in wax should create shameless photo opportunities for everyone who forks over the entrance fee.
Steve Jobs in wax is set to go on display later on Thursday, when Apple's co-founder will be added to the museum's National Heroes attraction to commemorate the first anniversary of his death.
The amazingly detailed figure locked in a pose inspired by a 2006 Fortune Magazine cover — will remain at the Hong Kong venue until November 26 before traveling on to Madame Tussauds Bangkok and Shanghai. [opening day video below]