September 13, 2010
Posted: 04:18 PM ET
(CNN) – Asking Liberace Museum director Tanya Combs to describe some of its popular exhibits is an invitation to sensory overload.
There's the outfit the late entertainer wore to Radio City Music Hall in New York. Decked in pink turkey feathers for that show, Liberace emerged from a giant Faberge-style egg to adulation.
Then there are the matching piano and Rolls Royce, each covered in mirrored tiles.
And the piano and car covered with crystal rhinestones?
"Spectacular," Combs said Sunday. "He liked things in sets."
Since 1979, fans of the larger-than-life pianist, who famously said, "I don't give concerts, I put on a show," have wandered a couple miles off the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada to see vestiges of the wonder that was Liberace.
But not enough came in recent years. The show ends October 17.
Dwindling attendance and a shaky economy led to Friday's announcement that the museum will close, officials said.
Sixteen full-time workers, including Combs, and seven part-timers will be out of a job, said Combs, who has worked at the museum since 2000.
Most of the items will go into storage until a day when, perhaps, another museum opens. The Liberace Foundation, which operates the museum, will put on a traveling exhibition of many of the items, probably late next year, said Combs.
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