Almost a decade before his death in 1987, world-famous entertainer Liberace opened a museum dedicated to himself. Housing all of his flamboyant outfits, pianos, cars, and jewelry, the Liberace Museum became a prominent attraction for Las Vegas tourists willing to venture away from the strip of casinos, nightclubs, and performance spaces. While the museum closed in October 2010, the non-profit Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts hopes to open a new museum space dedicated to the performer. With Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra set to premiere on HBO this Saturday, let’s hope there’s enough renewed interest in Liberace’s life and luxuries to open the museum’s doors once again. After the jump, check out a few photos of the museum’s collection to get an idea of what we’re all missing.
[Image via Joe Schumacher]