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Elvis Presley exhibition comes from Graceland to the UK

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Image caption Some of Presley's outfits, including this black leather suit and American Eagle jumpsuit, will be on show

Elvis Presley's American Eagle jumpsuit and pink Cadillac are among the items of memorabilia that will leave his Graceland home for a UK exhibition.

Organisers say the nine-month show at London's O2 Arena will be Europe's largest ever retrospective of the singer, featuring more than 300 items.

It will display "as much of Graceland as will fit into the O2", they said.

The exhibition will include a virtual tour of the Memphis mansion where Presley died in his bathroom in 1977.

The pool table that he played on with The Beatles in 1965 and stage costumes including the black leather suit from his 1968 Comeback Special are also being brought from the museum in his old home.

"While each and every item contains a lifetime of memories, we are more than happy to allow these treasured memories to leave Graceland," said Priscilla Presley, who was married to the singer for six years.

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Image caption The cars in the exhibition will include this red MG from the 1961 film Blue Hawaii
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Image caption This cape was made for Elvis Presley's 1973 performance Aloha from Hawaii Via Satellite

"Elvis meant so much to me and our daughter Lisa [Marie Presley], but we both know that our family truly shares him with the world," she continued.

Pieces leaving Memphis for the first time include the singer's wallet containing photos of his daughter, his front door keys and a TCB ring, which stands for taking care of business.

Some items, such as the American Eagle jumpsuit and Cadillac, will only go on show for a limited period during the exhibition's nine-month run.

Exhibition co-ordinator Nic Wastell said: "For people who can't get to Graceland, Graceland is coming to them."

Elvis At The O2: The Exhibition Of His Life will open on 12 December and run until 31 August.

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