Now, get Kate Middleton statuette for 199 pounds

Last Updated: Jun 29, 2011, 18:36 PM IST

London: Admirers of Kate Middleton will now be able to buy a bone china statuette of the Duchess of Cambridge for 199 pounds, said a media report.

The miniature statue of the duchess has, however, been described by an expert as "absolutely dreadful", the Telegraph reported.

The statuette - that depicts Kate at Westminster Abbey on her wedding day, waving to the crowd - was created by sculptor Carolyn Morton. It will sell for 199 pounds with another 20 pounds as reservation charges.

However, Dickie Arbiter, a former aide to the queen, said: "It is horrible, absolutely dreadful. Anyone who spends that kind of money on it needs their head examined. It is cashing in without any taste. It is the sort of thing that belongs on a naff mantelpiece of a soap opera."

Most of Morton`s previous work is in bronze. She was once asked to produce a life-sized bust of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Makthoum, the ruler of Dubai.

Another figure of Kate - called the "Lucky Kate" doll - has been produced by an American firm The Franklin Mint.

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