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The princess of Asturias, Leonor de Borbón.
The princess of Asturias, Leonor de Borbón. GTRES

In photos | The uncanny valley of Madrid’s wax museum

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Isabel Preysler is the latest celebrity to be immortalized in the capital’s Museo de Cera, a place where likenesses to the subjects are not always guaranteed

  • Socialite Isabel Preysler and her partner Mario Vargas Llosa pose with the former’s waxwork in Madrid’s Museo de Cera.
    1Socialite Isabel Preysler and her partner Mario Vargas Llosa pose with the former’s waxwork in Madrid’s Museo de Cera.
  • Waxworks of Spain’s King Felipe, Queen Letizia and Princess Leonor.
    2Waxworks of Spain’s King Felipe, Queen Letizia and Princess Leonor.
  • The museum’s take on Antonio Banderas.
    3The museum’s take on Antonio Banderas.
  • This waxwork of Barack Obama was unveiled in 2009, when the real thing had been in the White House for six months.
    4This waxwork of Barack Obama was unveiled in 2009, when the real thing had been in the White House for six months. ©GTRESONLINE
  • The museum’s waxwork of Spanish actress Penélope Cruz, installed in 2011, features her in character from ‘Pirates of the Caribbean.”
    5The museum’s waxwork of Spanish actress Penélope Cruz, installed in 2011, features her in character from ‘Pirates of the Caribbean.” Getty Images
  • MotoGP star Marc Márquez, unveiled at the museum in 2016.
    6MotoGP star Marc Márquez, unveiled at the museum in 2016. Getty Images
  • Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, unveiled at the museum in 2014, before their real-life split.
    7Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, unveiled at the museum in 2014, before their real-life split. Getty Images
  • Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo occasionally sends his personal hairdresser to the museum in order to update his waxwork’s hairstyle.
    8Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo occasionally sends his personal hairdresser to the museum in order to update his waxwork’s hairstyle. Getty Images
  • Plácido Domingo, another of the international singers in the Museo de Cera.
    9Plácido Domingo, another of the international singers in the Museo de Cera. Getty Images
  • He may be one of the richest men in the world, but apparently all that money couldn’t buy Bill Gates a decent likeness in the Madrid museum.
    10He may be one of the richest men in the world, but apparently all that money couldn’t buy Bill Gates a decent likeness in the Madrid museum. Getty Images
  • Melania Trump, the first lady, joined her husband’s wax figure in 2017.
    11Melania Trump, the first lady, joined her husband’s wax figure in 2017.
  • Miley Cyrus is somewhat difficult to recognize in the Museo de Cera.
    12Miley Cyrus is somewhat difficult to recognize in the Museo de Cera. ©GTRESONLINE
  • The Beatles are frankly unrecognizable in their Madrid waxworks.
    13The Beatles are frankly unrecognizable in their Madrid waxworks. Getty Images
  • Before becoming king, Felipe and his wife Letizia shared the stage with Juan Carlos and Sofía at the Madrid museum.
    14Before becoming king, Felipe and his wife Letizia shared the stage with Juan Carlos and Sofía at the Madrid museum. ©GTRESONLINE
  • ‘Modern Family’ actress Sofía Vergara in the Museo de Cera.
    15‘Modern Family’ actress Sofía Vergara in the Museo de Cera. ©GTRESONLINE
  • A young version of Justin Bieber was unveiled in 2011.
    16A young version of Justin Bieber was unveiled in 2011. Europa Press
  • Leonor de Borbón, the princess of Asturias.
    17Leonor de Borbón, the princess of Asturias. ©GTRESONLINE
  • Tennis star Rafa Nadal, with his waxwork.
    18Tennis star Rafa Nadal, with his waxwork. GTRES
  • Elvis Presley in the Madrid museum.
    19Elvis Presley in the Madrid museum. Getty Images