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Friday, April 22, 2011
Elvis fan recreates Graceland - Denmark
Elvis fan recreates Graceland in Denmark
An Elvis fan has painstakingly built a replica of the Love Me Tender star's Graceland mansion - in Denmark.
Henrick Knudsen standing outside Graceland Randers, Denmark
9:58AM BST 21 Apr 2011
Graceland Randers opened this week in the Danish town of Randers, 5,000 miles from the original in Memphis, USA.
For 95 kronar (£11), visitors can imagine life as Elvis Presley as they walk around the building which houses around 6,000 items of memorabilia.
The house is twice as large as the original as it also comprises a restaurant, shop and museum.
And creator Henrick Knudsen, from Denmark, said the project had the backing of Elvis's widow Priscilla.
He said: ''She signed a very nice picture to me on which she wrote: 'To Graceland Randers, Priscilla Presley'.
''She said that Elvis was a very shy guy and he wasn't really that secure of himself.
''She believed that if Elvis had the chance to see this today he would be very proud because he wasnâ t sure that next year anybody would care about him.''
Mr Knudsen has run a small Elvis museum for the past 16 years which attracts around 25,000 visitors annually.
He has been planning Graceland Randers for the past few years and secured 26m kronar (£3m) to fund it.
The attraction contains 6,000 original possessions of the King including clothing, boots, guitars, letters, contracts and other diverse objects.
Graceland Randers was opened by former rocker Suzi Quatro and organisers hope it will attract around 50,000 visitors each year.
The town's tourist office expects the Danish Graceland to attract between 75,000 and 125,000 visitors each year, mainly from Europe.
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