SMITHSONIAN EXPRESSES INTEREST IN PRESLEY-
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The Smithsonian institution in Washington wants to establish a display of otems once belong to Elvis Presley. It has called on the late entertainer`s estate for assistance, but our source reports the estate has been rather lax in replying.
Carl H. Scheele, a Smithsonian curator, said the institution is interested ``in obtaining artifacts and memorabilia from the (presley) estate for the History of Entertainment Collections of the Smithsonian`s National Museum of American History.
``We hope the estate will look with favor on the prospect of donating an original and significant costume worn by Elvis Presley in performance and perhaps a modest, but appropriate selection of other items associated with his career``.
``We are very much aware of his contributionss to American music and entertainment. We are sensitive to the impact he had on the cultural life of America and, indeed, virtually every part of the world``.
Presley, who would have been 47 today, died August 16, 1977. Shortly after his death, it was reported that ``hundreds`` of his show costumes, including his famous jumpsuits, were stored at Graceland.
George Klein, longtime friend of Presley, said he had several Presley items that he would gladly donate to the Smithsonian, despite the fact they easily could be sold.
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