Casino still holding Elvis items

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Hundreds of Elvis Presley artifacts and memorabilia are still being held by a Las Vegas casino, a year after the King’s estate filed a lawsuit to get those valuables back from a short-lived exhibit.

Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino’s chief operating officer Mark Waltrip said Wednesday that the items — including stage outfits, jewelry and letters, among other artifacts — remain locked up at the casino site where the now-shuttered “Graceland Presents Elvis” attraction once stood.

The dispute stems from the 10-year leasing agreement that Westgate alleges the exhibit defaulted on when it vacated the off-Strip casino space.

A judge ruled in May 2016 that Elvis Presley Enterprises, which runs the Graceland attraction in Memphis, Tenn,, could get them back by posting a $9 million bond while the leasing issue was pending. All parties instead agreed to take the case to arbitration. A judge’s decision is expected in the next month.

By Patricia Older

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