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Yao Ming's wax figure makes debut in NYC

2009-03-19 01:37:45 GMT2009-03-19 09:37:45 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Photographers take photos of the lifesize wax figure of Yao Ming, the most popular and beloved basketball player in both China and the United States, at Madame Tussauds in New York of the United States, March 18, 2009. On loan from Madame Tussauds Shanghai for six months, Yao's wax figure made its debut in Madame Tussauds New York on Wednesday. (Xinhua/Shen Hong)

Two acrobats pretend to defense beside the lifesize wax figure of Yao Ming, the most popular and beloved basketball player in both China and the United States, at Madame Tussauds in New York of the United States, March 18, 2009. On loan from Madame Tussauds Shanghai for six months, Yao's wax figure made its debut in Madame Tussauds New York on Wednesday. (Xinhua/Shen Hong)

The lifesize wax figure of Yao Ming, one of the most popular and beloved bascketball players in both China and the United States, is displayed at the Madame Tussauds in New York of the United States, March 18, 2009. On loan from Madame Tussauds Shanghai for six months, Yao's wax figure made its debut in Madame Tussauds New York on Wednesday. (Xinhua/Shen Hong)

Three ladies have photos taken with the lifesize wax figure of Yao Ming, one of the most popular and beloved basketball players in both China and the United States, at the Madame Tussauds in New York of the United States, March 18, 2009. On a loan from Madame Tussauds Shanghai for six months, Ming's figure made its debut in Madame Tussauds New York on Wednesday. (Xinhua/Shen Hong)

Madame Tussauds, a famous wax museum headquartered in London, unveiled the wax figure of Olympian and Houston Rockets' seven-time all-star Yao Ming in New York on Monday.

Yao was welcomed - in wax - for the first time in the United States and welcomed by a troupe of Chinese acrobats performing a gravity-defying gymnastic slam dunk at the unveiling ceremony.

Yao's figure, dressed in his Houston Rocket's uniform and wearing sneakers donated by the NBA, is so tall that Merlin studio artists had to utilize scaffolding in order to sculpt the 2.29-meter wax likeness of the NBA's tallest player, according to a press release issued by public relations agent Rubenstein Communications, Inc.

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