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Christopher Dornblaser

An auction featuring about 60 life-size wax figures, including one of Albert Einstein signed by the man himself, will be auctioned next month in Gettysburg.

Pa. OnSite Auction Co. said in a news release that the company will auction the figures Saturday, May 12, at the Eisenhower Hotel and Conference Center, 2634 Emmitsburg Road, in Gettysburg.

Ten U.S. Presidents and four first ladies, along with civil rights leaders, cowboys, native Americans, Dolly Parton and scary figures such as the Wolfman will be among the figures auctioned.

The Einstein figure was created in 1947 after Einstein commissioned it. He wrote an inscription on the nape of the neck, thanking the creator, Katherine Stubergh, according to the auction company.

This wax figure of Albert Einstein was signed by Einstein after he commissioned its creation in the 1940s. The figure will be auctioned off on May 13, 2017, in Gettysburg. Photo courtesy Pa. OnSite Auction Company.

"Katherine, Much Thanks, Albert Einstein," the inscription reads.

The figures belong to Preston Evans, a Georgia-based auctioneer who has been selling his collections as he nears retirement, according to Pa. OnSite Auction Co.

“I love these wax figures, and I hate to part with them, but it’s time for someone else to enjoy what I’ve enjoyed immensely for these many years," the company quoted Evans as saying.

This is not the first time Pa. OnSite Auction Co. has put wax figures on the auction block in Gettysburg. The company also handled the sale of figures from the Hall of Presidents and First Ladies in January.

A preview of the items to be auctioned is planned for the day before the auction, from noon until 7 p.m.

Doors for the auction open at 7:30 a.m., and the auction is slated to begin at 9 a.m.

For information, call 717-334-8121.