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Danish Elvis Presley museum forced to rebrand after name dispute

An Elvis lookalike performs at the inauguration of the Elvis museum in Denmark Image copyright AFP
Image caption An Elvis impersonator performed at the inauguration of Graceland Randers in 2011

An Elvis Presley museum in Denmark has been forced to rebrand after a legal challenge over its use of the name of the singer's Graceland home.

Graceland Randers, which opened in 2011 in the town of Randers, will now be known as the Memphis Mansion.

The building is a replica of the singer's Memphis home, but is twice the size to house a shop and restaurant.

Henrik Knudsen, who runs the Danish attraction, said Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc demanded a name change.

He said the company also sought 1.5m kroner (£148,000) in compensation for the infringement of the Graceland name.

Mr Knudsen opened Graceland Randers in 2011 and put almost 6,000 Elvis items, from guitars and letters to clothes, on display.

In a statement, he said: "Pending the case, we have chosen to change the name... namely to Memphis Mansion!

"It has been very difficult to find a new name... But we believe Memphis Mansion says it all. We also hope our customers and friends of the house will welcome our new name."

Reports that the museum would have to close because of the lawsuit were incorrect, he added. More than 130,000 people visited the museum in 2015.

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