AN American leisure group that boasts the world’s largest collection of shrunken human heads is vying to buy Guinness World Records, the bestselling book of record-breakers.
Florida-based Ripley Entertainment which grew out of a newspaper cartoon strip of fascinating facts entitled Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! is among a field of four for the publication.
Guinness World Records is being sold by Hit Entertainment, home to children’s characters Bob the Builder and Barney the Dinosaur.
Sources say that leaves it well placed to meet the asking price of up to £60m.
The company is better known at home for its 30 Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! attractions, which house weird and wonderful exhibits such as shrunken heads, 16th-century torture devices and African masks. It will open one in London’s Trocadero this summer.