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Priceless rock 'n' roll memorabilia make up new exhibit at Rock 'n' Soul Museum

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(WMC-TV) - Sixty years ago, rock 'n' roll was born in Memphis. The Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum is celebrating the genre's legacy with artifacts from some very special artists.

Action News 5 got a sneak peek at some of the valuables that will soon be on display in the Bluff City.

"This is our renaissance art in America, so music memorabilia has been tremendous and these are truly some treasures," said Memphis Rock n' Soul Museum Executive Director John Doyle.

Doyle personally unloaded some of the very valuable items from a specialized FedEx truck Friday morning.

Some of those items included Joe Perry's guitar from Aerosmith, Sir Elton John's famous heart-shaped glasses from the 70s,a suitcase belonging to legendary guitarist Les Paul, a Rickenbacher Electro guitar, the first successfully marketed electric guitar, and never before seen Elvis memorabilia.

But that is not all.

"A Bruce Springsteen amp, and anything from 'The Boss' is significant eye candy for those who come through the Rock n' Soul Museum," added Doyle.

The 60 years of Rock 'n' Roll Exhibition also features one-of-a-kind costumes from Whitney Houston, Bette Midler, and others.

Now that these valuable items are in Memphis, museum curators will focus on completing the exhibit's production.

The exhibit, which is scheduled to open April 1, is sponsored by Hard Rock café. Visitors can see it until January 2015. The priceless artifacts can be seen by paying regular admission to the museum.

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