Steve Jobs in town - sort of

The icon behind the creation of iPhones, iPads and iPods has come to Bangkok - as a wax figure.

Admirers greet their idol, Steve Jobs, in a wax figure on display at Madame Tussauds Museum in Bangkok. (Picture by Pattarapong Chatpattarasill)

As of Tuesday, the late Steve Jobs was rubbing shoulders with other famous people like Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso and Silp Bhirasri, founder of Silpakorn University. Jobs will grace Madame Tussauds Bangkok for three months, the operators of the museum said.

His wax figure wears his trademark black cotton turtle neck, Levi's 501 blue jeans and New Balance trainers, in the pose seen on Fortune magazine's cover in 2006.

A team of artists spent three months to create the figure, which has already been on display in Hong Kong and Shanghai.

"Steve Jobs' inventions have changed the face of modern technology. He has inspired and influenced millions of people and undoubtedly deserves a place here," said Noppadon Prapimpunt, head of Bangkok Cluster, Merlin Entertainments Group, which runs wax museums in 12 cities.

The man who built and then rebuilt the Apple empire died on Oct 5, 2011 at Palo Alto, California, and he has been eulogised for his creations, which have changed the way people used computers and mobile phones.

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