Mock Memphis estate to house 6,000 items of Elvis memorabilia, including letters, guitars and blue suede shoes
Elvis Presley's Graceland estate is to be duplicated, brick for brick, in Denmark. Work has already begun on the Danish tribute to the King, with the first bricks laid more than 5,000 miles from Memphis.
Museum director Henrik Knudsen hopes that the Danish Graceland will open by April 2011, according to Agence France-Presse. While he already manages a small Elvis museum in the town of Randers, he has secured 26m kroner (£2.9m) in loans and investments to expand this into a full-blown replica of the King's Memphis memorial theme-park. This new site will house around 6,000 items of Elvis memorabilia, including guitars, letters, contracts, and even clothes worn by the man himself. The museum will also feature a shop, restaurant and cinema, showing Elvis films on a permanent loop.
Knudsen founded his museum 15 years ago, at that time "the only permanent [Elvis] museum ... outside the United States", he claims. The 46-year-old apparently "became an Elvis fan at the age of eight after hearing Burning Love". Since opening this European temple to blue suede shoes, about 25,000 pilgrims have made the trek annually. With this expanded mock-Graceland, the Randers tourist office hopes to attract between 75,000 and 125,000 fans annually. One UK tour operator has already predicted that 10,000 British Elvis devotees will visit each year. We can only imagine the crowds Knudsen could attract with the Danish version of Legoland.
Son if you ever say another derogatory word about Elvis Aaron Presley I WILL KICK THE LIVING CRAP OUT OF YOU!~