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Elvis exhibition heading for UK

Elvis Presley's American Eagle jumpsuit, as well as his pink Cadillac, wallet and keys are leaving Graceland to go on display in the UK.

Opening at the O2 in London, the nine-month exhibition will feature a virtual tour of Graceland and the pool table on which the king of rock n' roll played with the Beatles.

The collection has been sourced from Graceland, the mansion in Memphis, Tennessee, where Elvis died in 1977 in his bathroom, at the age of 42.

Priscilla Presley, who was married to the star for six years, said: "Elvis meant so much to me and our daughter Lisa, but we both know that our family truly shares him with the world.

"His legacy lives on today. While each and every item contains a lifetime of memories, we are more than happy to allow these treasured memories to leave Graceland."

Some items - such as the American Eagle jumpsuit, gold lame outfit worn on stage in 1957, his black leather suit from the 1968 Comeback Special and his pink Cadillac - will only go on show for a limited period during the nine-month run.

Other artefacts leaving Memphis include Elvis's TCB (Taking Care of Business) ring, his wallet containing photos of a young Lisa Marie Presley and his personal keys to Graceland.

Exhibition co-ordinator Nic Wastell said that "as much of Graceland as will fit into the O2" will go on show in the exhibition, which features more than 300 items.

"For people who can't get to Graceland, Graceland is coming to them," he added.

Elvis At The O2: The Exhibition Of His Life opens on December 12 and runs to August 31, 2015. Tickets go on sale on November 7.

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