Elvis exhibition opens in Berlin

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13 August 2007, Berlin (dpa) - An exhibition of Elvis Presley memorabilia described by organizers as the biggest outside of the United States opened Monday in the German capital. US Ambassador William R Timken is a sponsor of the event, which got under way at a Berlin hotel, three days before the 30th anniversary of the King's death. On display are more than 100 of Elvis' personal possessions, including stage attire, jewellery, a bible, a pair of his pyjamas and a red velvet blanket from his Graceland mans

13 August 2007

Berlin (dpa) - An exhibition of Elvis Presley memorabilia described by organizers as the biggest outside of the United States opened Monday in the German capital.

US Ambassador William R Timken is a sponsor of the event, which got under way at a Berlin hotel, three days before the 30th anniversary of the King's death.

On display are more than 100 of Elvis' personal possessions, including stage attire, jewellery, a bible, a pair of his pyjamas and a red velvet blanket from his Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee.

The show, which runs until September 1, also features 80 previously unpublished photographs of the singer taken by his concert photographer Ed Bonja.

It is the first time the "The King's Ransom," as the exhibition is called, has been shown outside North America.

On Thursday, the town where Elvis lived when he was a GI in Germany will launch a three-day festival to mark the anniversary of his death from a heart attack on August 16, 1977.

The European Elvis Festival in Bad Nauheim near Frankfurt will feature a gospel concert, exhibitions, performances by Elvis tribute singers and a Cadillac parade.

There will also be an open-air rock 'n' roll night, guided tours and showings of the King's films.

Elvis served with the US 3rd Armoured Division from 1958-1960 in the small town of Freiburg, but lived off base in nearby Bad Nauheim.

AP

Subject: German news

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