GRACELAND WEST Wayne Newton Las Vegas estate opening as museum
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Wayne Newton's Las Vegas estate filled with luxurious gilded furniture, cars, a jet and a capuchin monkey - is set to open as a museum.
Wayne Newton's Las Vegas estate filled with luxurious gilded furniture, cars, a jet and a capuchin monkey - is set to open as a museum. The 52-acre Casa de Shenandoah in southeastern Las Vegas opens today for tours with prices starting at US $35.
Fans start at the visitor's centre and then shuttle into the compound to see the iconic entertainer's memorabilia, house, jet, cars, gift shop and exotic animals, including Arabian horses. Visitors can even opt for the VIP package with Newton as the tour guide. Newton had lived on the property for 45 years, but he moved out in 2013 after selling it to CSD LLC.
The plan to create a “Graceland West'” attraction to celebrate the singer's long career had been stalled by a bankruptcy with the business entity. Graceland West? Not by a long shot. Wayne Newton! To paraphrase Lloyd Bentsen*, “You sir, are no Elvis Presley!”
*For non-political trivia buffs:
During a vice presidential candidates’ debate in 1988 when Republican vice presidential candidate Dan Quayle compared himself to John Kennedy, his opponent Senator Lloyd Bentsen delivered one of the great put downs of all time.