Kill the Spangles: Liberace Museum Closing
Sputtering economy, dwindling crowds kill glitzy superstar showplace
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Sep 13, 2010 3:08 AM CDT
Liberace poses for photographers in a London park in 1960.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Goodbye, glitz. Las Vegas is shutting its spangly Liberace museum after dwindling Sin City crowds lost interest in viewing artifacts from the life and times of the show-off pianist who brought "over the top" to a new level. What will happen to the Baby Grand covered with rhinestones and turkey-feather tux Liberace wore when he emerged from a giant egg at Radio City Music Hall? Some of the items will go on traveling exhibits. The rest will go into storage, waiting to re-emerge in better times, reports CNN. Walter Valentino Liberace, who died in 1987 at the age of 67, opened his own museum, which drew 450,000 annual visitors in its heyday.