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Meet & greet a celebrity, but here’s what it’ll cost you

A photo may be worth a thousand words, but if it’s with your favorite Strip performer, it’s worth up to $1,000. Throw in a sweaty handshake with the photo op and you’ve got what’s called the meet & greet. Las Vegas’ famous and not-so-famous all have their price. Some prices may seem warranted but others can leave you wondering what you’re really paying for. A meeting with former President Bill Clinton during his Las Vegas visit will break the bank at $750, but at least you’ll walk away with the bragging rights to say you’ve hung out with a former president. Here’s a list of other grip and grins up and down the Strip.

Bill Clinton

Price: $750

What it gets you: A meet & greet and photo opportunity before the event, a ticket in the first four rows for Clinton’s speech. Whether the proceeds are going to his foundation or pocket is unclear.

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Donny Osmond and sister Marie Osmond during his return to the Flamingo with his champion's mirrored disco ball trophy on Nov. 25, 2009, after his win on ABC's Dancing With the Stars with Kym Johnson on Tuesday night.

Donny and Marie

Price: $255

What it gets you: This one is a two-for-one deal: You get Donny and Marie. Package includes a front-of-stage ticket and a postshow photo with the brother-sister act.

George Wallace

Price: $75

What it gets you: Prime seat, a line pass, Wallace’s CD and a meet & greet after the show with the funny guy. Wallace, who got his start in 1977, has been performing at the Flamingo for five years.

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Penn Jillette, left, and Teller pose backstage at the 39th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, in this May 26, 2004, file photo.

Penn & Teller

Price: Free with ticket purchase. Tickets start at $75.

What it gets you: Autographs and photos in the lobby after the show, and if you’re lucky, the scoop on some of their tricks.

Rita Rudner

Price: $90

What it gets you: Prime seating and a photo with one of Strip’s few female comedians. Performing at Harrah’s, Rudner keeps her act relatively clean and free of the normal Vegas glitz.

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Holly Madison on the blue carpet at the Viva Elvis world premiere in Aria at CityCenter on Feb. 19, 2010.

Holly Madison

Price: $210

What it gets you: Table seating in the orchestra section for “Peepshow,” a Champagne toast with the former Playboy bunny and an autographed photo. Whether it’s a topless photo or not, we’re not sure.

Terry Fator

Price: Free with ticket purchase. Tickets start at $59.

What it gets you: Autographs and photos with Fator and his cast of characters in the lobby after the show. Fator and his pals, including Winston the Impersonating Turtle, rose to fame on “America’s Got Talent.”

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Wayne Newton performs during the grand opening night of Wayne Newton's "Once Before I Go" at the Tropicana in Las Vegas Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009.

Wayne Newton

Price: $169

What it gets you: Prime seating, a meet & greet and photo opportunity with Mr. Las Vegas himself. You can celebrate his 50-year career in “Once Before I Go” at the Tropicana.

Live like Celine Dion

Price: $1,375

What it gets you: You won’t get to meet Celine but you can eat like she does. The package includes dinner from a menu designed by the singer, tickets in the first five rows, $150 credit to her memorabilia store and VIP entrance.

CORRECTION: Donny and Marie’s meet & greet package has been correct to reflect the correct number of tickets included in the package. | (February 22, 2010)

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