Rare Elvis artifacts turn up in Phoenix

Musical Instrument Museum displays them

PHOENIX - Elvis' home may be Graceland, but pieces of his life have made their way to Phoenix. A number of items have made their way to the museum for exhibition including several jump suits one of which weighs 50 pounds.The extra weight is the result of the jewels and embellishments sewn into the garment. 

One of the most prized items now on display at the MIM is the last guitar Elvis ever played, a 1975 Martin D28.

"It was actually found in the back of a closet at Graceland," said David Wegehaupt of the Musical Instrument Museum. "The staff asked us to restore it," he continued.

The MIM has a preservation lab used to preserve and restore artifacts and innovate new methods. Also on display are a vest and belt worn by Elvis while filming in the East Valley.

The Musical Instrument Museum is one of two in the world and is open every day except Christmas and Thanksgiving.

If you'd like to have Elvis officiate your wedding ceremony, and even if you don't, anybody with a wedding on their mind can explore options at the Arizona Bridal Show and Wedding Expo.

Organizers claim brides can plan an entire wedding by spending one day at the expo.

Whether thats true or not is up to the bride, but hundreds of vendors will be at the Phoenix Convention Center Saturday and Sunday serving up everything from cake to wedding gowns.

Tickets are $12 at the door, or two for $12 online.

 

 

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