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Man to move Elvis Is Alive Museum to Kings home state, Mississippi
Elvis is Alive MOJR 6250028
Bill Beeny looks over FBI files on Elvis Presley at the Elvis is Alive Museum Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007, in Wright City, Mo. Beeny, the 81-year-old proprietor of 17-year-old free museum, says he has placed his Elvis memorabilia _ including photographs, books, FBI files, Cadillac and replica casket and tomb on E-bay in hopes someone else will keep the dream alive that the King never died. - photo by Associated Press
    ST. LOUIS — Don’t count Andy Key as one of those Elvis Presley fanatics who insist the King never died.
    Key, 38, said he’s ‘‘open to the possibility’’ Presley is alive, but he’s counting on there being enough skeptics out there to make his new business a success.
    With an $8,300 eBay bid, Key won the Elvis is Alive Museum’s collection and plans to move the museum from its current site in Wright City, Mo., to Mississippi, where Key lives and Presley was born.
    ‘‘If (Elvis) wants to come to the opening, he can certainly come back,’’ he said.
    Included in the collection are photographs, books, FBI files, DNA reports and other memorabilia that aim to support the theory that Presley never died.
    Bill Beeny, 81, who founded the museum’s collection, said he sold the collection hoping its new owner would continue his work.
    ‘‘I’ll certainly go down and visit once it sets up,’’ he said.
    Key said he’d like the museum to complement the tourist attraction in Tupelo, Miss., where Presley was born and bought his first guitar. He’s considering opening it in Laurel, Jackson or Hattiesburg, Miss.
    Elvis Presley Enterprises, which manages Graceland, the King’s estate and mansion in Memphis, Tenn., previously has said it has no comment on the museum, a transformed coin-operated laundry 55 miles west of St. Louis.
 

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