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Willard's tiny triumph is a major coup for charities.

Micro-sculptor Willard Wigan does not like to make life easy for himself - his latest work is an intricate pinhead-sized replica of the Lloyd's of London building.

The model (right) - which took four months to create using white gold and platinum - will be auctioned in a special event at the real Lloyd's of London building in Lime Street on July 24.

The replica is an exact scale model of the architecturally-renowned, complex steel-and-glass structure that opened in 1986.

Self-taught Mr Wigan (inset) is to receive an MBE for services to art on July 12.

His work is essentially invisible to the naked eye and must be viewed through powerful microscopic lenses.

The sculpture is being sold by the David Lloyd Gallery after the former Davis Cup captain acquired Mr Wigan's 70-piece collection earlier this year.

The sale will accompany a 30-piece exhibition of Mr Wigan's work by the gallery.

Mr Wigan, 50, from Birmingham, said: "This has been the most difficult piece that I have ever made. The precision needed to ensure that the micro-sculpture is entirely to scale and proportion placed an incredible physical and mental demand on me."

Original architect Lord Rogers said: "Designing the actual building itself was an intricate challenge, but to see it recreated in such minuscule proportions and with so much detail is quite unbelievable. I had to look through the microscope several times to check my eyes weren't deceiving me."

Auctioneer Eric Knowles of Bonhams, who will oversee the sale, said: "Willard Wigan has again amazingly defied science to recreate this building. It is a privilege to be involved in such an event."

Other works by the artist include the Statue of Liberty in the eye of a needle, Marilyn Monroe on a diamond, Bart Simpson and a Harley Davidson. Mr Lloyd has insured the collection for pounds 11.2 million.

Proceeds from the auction are set to be split between the Prince's Trust and the National Dyslexia Association.
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