A Las Vegas hotel is feuding with Elvis’ estate over hundreds of artifacts from an Elvis exhibit it hosted.
The Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino says the company operating the exhibit abruptly closed it down, so the hotel is holding all of the King’s memorabilia until the dispute is resolved.
The exhibit was called “Graceland Presents Elvis: The Exhibits — The Show — The Experience,” and was touted as the largest collection of Elvis memorabilia outside of Graceland, his old estate in Memphis, Tenn.
It opened in April 2015 at the Westgate, which happened to be the site of hundreds of the King’s shows when he inked his famous million-dollar-a-year deal in Vegas. But the Casino says the company responsible for bringing the exhibit, Exhibit A Circle, defaulted on their 10-year lease of the memorabilia from Elvis Presley Enterprises and was shutting the exhibit down. The hotel closed its doors before the company could take the memorabilia back.
It’s a sticky situation, because the hotel claims that Exhibit A Circle owes money and did not deliver on its promise to market the massive exhibit, which features 28,000-square-feet of artifacts and 1,600-seat venue for Elvis-themed performances (complete with backup singers and an orchestra). Meanwhile, Elvis Presley Enterprises will seek court intervention to get the items back.
Let’s hope there’s an amicable resolve so the Kings’ fans can experience some of his most priceless artifacts again.