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New exhibit at Graceland showcases Elvis’ connection to Las Vegas

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Archivist Dee Dee Antle adjusts one of Elvis Presley’s famous jumpsuits during the opening of Graceland’s newest exhibition in Memphis, Tenn., March 4, 2013. “Elvis: Live from Vegas” features footage from some of “The King’s” more memorable performances in Las Vegas and artifacts including Elvis’ famous American Eagle jumpsuit.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A new exhibit opening at Graceland showcases Elvis Presley's strong connection to Las Vegas, where he performed and vacationed.

The exhibit called "Elvis: Live from Las Vegas" officially opens Tuesday at the Graceland tourist attraction, which sits across from Presley's mansion in Memphis.

The exhibit chronicles Elvis' experiences in Las Vegas, where he often performed.

About 120 pieces of Vegas-related memorabilia are featured in the exhibit, including 30 flashy jumpsuits and other pieces of clothing worn by the singer during his energetic stage performances.

Among the more unusual artifacts are two large bus-bench signs advertising Elvis shows, a tablecloth used in 1969 by promoter Colonel Tom Parker as a contract for future shows at the International Hotel, and a silver and gold belt festooned with diamonds, rubies and sapphires that was given to Elvis for breaking attendance records during 57 sold out shows at the International.

A large stuffed hound dog, hotel receipts and food menus also are included. Video screens placed throughout the exhibit show Elvis performing on stage.

Angie Marchese, director of archives at Elvis Presley Enterprises, said planning for the exhibit took about year.

"Elvis made Vegas a destination for entertainment," said Kevin Kern, spokesman for Elvis Presley Enterprises.

Presley died on Aug. 16, 1977, in Memphis.