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Stylish send-off; bespoke coffins on show in London

Coffins shaped as planes, cars and lions draw the crowd at Southbank festival

Stylish send-off; bespoke coffins on show in London
A collection of bespoke coffins have gone on show at the South Bank centre in London this week as part of an exhibition to celebrate life and death. Coffins in the shape of a lion and a car are displayed. (All images are courtesy of Getty Images).
Stylish send-off; bespoke coffins on show in London
The coffins have been designed by 'Crazy Coffins' in Nottingham and the famous 'Pa Joe' workshop in Ghana.
Stylish send-off; bespoke coffins on show in London
The exhibition titled Death: Festival for the Living, is supposed to be a celebration of life and death. A coffin in the shape of a Rolls Royce car is displayed above.
Stylish send-off; bespoke coffins on show in London
The exhibition runs from January 20 – 29, with a number of novel design including a coffin in the shape of an egg.
Stylish send-off; bespoke coffins on show in London
The creative caskets are meant to shed a new light on the subject of death. Other unexpected designs include a skip, a plane, Mercedes, giant cocoa bean and a guitar.
Stylish send-off; bespoke coffins on show in London
South Bank employee Lara Delaney looks inside a coffin in the shape of a lion at the centre.
Stylish send-off; bespoke coffins on show in London
Delaney also stands besides a coffin in the shape of a skier.
Stylish send-off; bespoke coffins on show in London
One customer Richard Mullard wants to be buried in his skis. Another, Malcolm Brocklehurst, wants to go out in a plane. Above is a coffin shaped as a train.