PHIL LYNOTT's Guitar Disappears In Wax Museum Raid In Ireland!

July 31, 2007, 11 years ago

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According to the Associated Press, Josef Stalin, Adolf Hitler and Franklin D. Roosevelt got stripped naked, and Fred Flintstone and the Teletubbies are missing after a raid on wax figures owned by Ireland’s National Wax Museum.

At least 50 figures were stolen or wrecked several weeks ago, the museum reported yesterday. The wax museum, closed since 2005, has been storing its 400 figures in a warehouse while it works to reopen this fall.

Police say they suspect the warehouse was used for an all-night rave party. Also stripped were Winston Churchill, Charles de Gaulle and rebel icons from Ireland’s war of independence with Britain, including Michael Collins and Padraig Pearse. Gone are Bob the Builder, Frankenstein’s monster, Gollum from “Lord of the Rings” and Hannibal Lecter.

Guitars adorning the figures of U2’s The Edge and THIN LIZZY frontman Phil Lynott also disappeared. ELVIS and MADONNA lost hair, limbs or jewelry.

The museum was razed for a hotel in 2005. Museum manager Kay Murray said she expects to announce a new location next month but said she doesn’t know where $1.4 million to fix the damage will come from. Some items - such as authentic rebel uniforms - are irreplaceable.

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