It has emerged that the late, great Elvis Presley’s estate has officially filed a lawsuit against Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino claiming the hotel is holding the King’s artifacts and memorabilia.
Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc., who is handling the estate, is trying to retrieve hundreds of items it loaned to the “Graceland Presents Elvis” attraction at the casino, which is located off of the Las Vegas Strip.
As reported in Billboard, the estate filed the lawsuit on Monday in Clark County District Court, seeking to retrieve the legend’s jewelry, stage outfits, a high school yearbook, and letters, all spanning the career, home and wedding of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
In case you missed it, in related Presley news, it appears the King had a desire to collaborate with David Bowie shortly before Elvis passed away.
This claim comes from country singer Dwight Yoakam, who recently spoke to US newspaper The Orange County Register where he detailed an encounter he had with Bowie in 1997.
Yoakam said that he and Bowie bonded over their mutual love of Elvis. Bowie went on to tell him about the first time he saw Elvis perform in 1971 and said that just six months before Elvis’ death in 1977, the King had called him out of the blue to discuss Bowie possibly producing his next album.
Yoakam also mentioned that Bowie’s “Golden Years”, which Bowie originally wrote with Elvis in mind, had impressed Presley.
The country star said: “I thought ‘Oh my God, it’s a tragedy that he was never able to make that’. I couldn’t even imagine 1977 David Bowie producing Elvis. It would have been fantastic. It has to be one of the greatest tragedies in pop music history that it didn’t happen, one of the biggest missed opportunities.”
Not only was Bowie known for his love of Elvis, but the pair also shared the same birthday, January 8th.