Man to move Elvis Is Alive Museum to King's home state, Miss. - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Man to move Elvis Is Alive Museum to King's home state, Miss.

ST. LOUIS (AP) - 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 $8,000 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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