Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum

St. Augustine, Florida

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Liu Ch'ung, or Liu Min, as he was sometimes known, was born with double pupils in each eye. This strange feature did not in the least deter this active man who loved wine and gambling.
He became Governor of Shansi, Minister of State and through intrigue with the Dowager Empress had his son proclaimed heir apparent.

This wax figure, shown in St. Augustine, was created by acclaimed artist and doll maker Lewis Sorensen for the original Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum with copies being shown in Niagara Falls, Chicago, San Francisco, Estes Park and Blackpool.

The photograph was taken by Gene Aikens and is shared from a postcard from the late 1960's. 

You don't have to have four eyes to see how cool a visit to a vintage wax museum must have been? Though this wax figure of Liu Ch'ung has been replaced with a more modern interpretation, a visit to RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! ST. AUGUSTINE is definitely still a great choice! Just tell them WAXIPEDIA sent you!
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