Scary Nashville item

waxScary Nashville news: Speaking of BoingBoing, we’re it not for that weblog, I would not know about this priceless collection of country music wax figures up for sale on eBay. (Warning, the eBay page includes a really bad MIDI version of Dueling Banjos.)

Update: Thanks to the Nashville Post, we now know what’s up with these bizarre wax figures. (As I always point out, the Nashville Post is a subscription site, but well worth the price.)

According to a story just posted, the wax figures are from the Music Valley Wax Museum. (Not to be confused with the Country Music Wax Museum, which is also trying to dispose a similar collection.) The museum is located near the giant convention complex, Gaylord Opryland Hotel, in suburban Nashville. The hotel once included a large theme park, but several years ago, the park was demolished and replaced with the massive “shoppertainment” complex called Opry Mills and dubbed “Shopryland,” by some local wags.

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“With Opryland closing, there are not as many families; there are more corporate people,” said developer and owner of the museum’s building John A. Hobbs. “The property would be worth a little more as something else. This is not a ‘have to sell.’ The building’s paid for, we still have a profitable business. The stockholders just want to go a different avenue.”

The decision to put the museum up for sale was made about a month ago. The Buy It Now Price on eBay is listed at $750,000, which with the original sets, clothing, and about fifty wax figures, Hobbs explained he thinks is a good, fair price.

There is no minimum bid, and Hobbs added, “we might stay on this for two years. We would like to sell it as a set, but if it doesn’t sell as a whole, we could sell it as individual. If someone wants to buy Alan Jackson, they could just buy him. We’ll go so long as we need.”