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- Posted on Jun 17th 2010 10:15AM by Andrew Kerr
The project is the brainchild of Henrik Knudsen, who oversaw the first brick being laid in Randers on Tuesday, June 15. Knudsen already runs an Elvis museum in the small town which at its time of opening 15 years ago was according to the 46-year old "the only permanent museum on the King outside the United States."
Currently attracting 25,000 visitors a year, the local tourist board believes the new development could see that figure jump to between 75,000 and 125,000.
Knudsen's considerable Presley collection will take pride of place, "This exact copy of Graceland will include some 6,000 original possessions of the King like clothing, boots, guitars, letters, contracts and other diverse objects." The complex will also feature a shop, restaurant and cinema where the King's movies will play on a constant loop.
Financed through three private investors and a local bank, the Danish Graceland is expected to cost £2.9 million ($4.3 million) to build.