Tampa’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, currently undergoing a $700 million expansion, is now home to an item that’s considered priceless.
Accenting the new grand entrance way for the hotel and casino, featuring gold and glass design elements and two curved escalators, is one of the world’s most coveted gold items in the world: Elvis Presley’s iconic 24-karat gold leaf grand piano.
The piano will be the centerpiece of the grand opening of the newly expanded hotel and casino set for Oct. 3.
“We’re honored to have Elvis’s priceless piano on permanent display here at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa,” said Jim Allen, Hard Rock International chairman and Seminole Gaming CEO. “Hard Rock has such a deep connection to music history, so it’s fitting that this fantastic piece of memorabilia is here at one of the most successful casino properties in the world.”
As part of the grand opening weekend, country artist Keith Urban will perform on Friday, Oct. 4, in the property’s new 1,500-seat Hard Rock Event Centre. Tickets are on sale now.
Presley’s grand piano was played by the King of Rock and Roll inside a music room at his Graceland home in Memphis, Tennessee. He originally bought the piano for his mother in 1955 and installed it in his new home on Audubon Drive. The piano was placed into storage for 10 years after Presley’s mother’s death in 1958, until Priscilla Presley decided to adorn the piano in 24-karat gold-leaf finish as a Christmas gift for Presley in celebration of the couple’s first wedding anniversary.
Hard Rock International acquired the piano as its 80,000th piece of memorabilia.
The Tampa casino didn’t reveal what it paid for the over-the-top item, but news reports at the time of its auction estimated it would go for $500,000 to $700,000.
The Elvis piano joins more than 500 other pieces of music memorabilia at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa, including items belonging to such fan favourites as The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin.
A sampling of these pieces can be seen through the self-guided memorabilia Rock Walk tour on the Mezzanine Level of the property.