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Cottle sells curious collection
Lifesize figure of Queen Victoria
Mr Cottle said the collection of objects was not needed
An unusual collection of waxworks, curios and objet d'art is being sold off by circus impresario Gerry Cottle.

The auction takes place in Somerset on Saturday, at the Wookey Hole attraction which Mr Cottle bought last year.

The 400 lots include lifesize figures of Queen Victoria, Marilyn Munroe and Paul Daniels and a replica of Houdini's water escape tank, minus instructions.

The sale is being held on the ground floor of Wookey Hole mill and viewing is on Friday and early Saturday.

Mr Cottle's last major sale of circus memorabilia was two years ago when he quit the big top after difficulties getting planning permission to expand his headquarters in Surrey.

We really don't need all this, it's sad to say but it's much easier for us to build it from scratch
Gerry Cottle

He continues to run the Electric Circus, Moscow State Circus and Chinese State Circus.

His new venture at Wookey includes the cave network, a 19th century paper mill, mirror maze and penny pier arcade.

Some of the lots going under the hammer were left behind by the former owners, but much of it is his own collection built up over decades.

He said: "We really don't need all this, it's sad to say but it's much easier for us to build it from scratch.

"I've had Queen Victoria for years and years, but she just doesn't fit in. I brought her back in my car from an auction house in London originally."

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