Wayne Newton to open Vegas mansion to public
Wayne Newton estate: A promotional tour is expected next month and Newton told The Associated Press he hopes to offer the first public tours by February.
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A promotional tour is expected next month and Newton told The Associated Press he hopes to offer the first public tours by February.
Visitors will be able to survey the singer's collection of European antiques and celebrity mementos — including Nat King Cole's watch, a Johnny Cash guitar and a champagne glass used by Frank Sinatra to toast Newton.
"It's going great," Newton said Tuesday.
A museum, theater, visitors' center and other attractions were being added to the property. And revised building plans submitted last month call for expanding the museum space and theater, where Newton will perform occasionally.
Newton received permission last year to turn his lavish home into a tourist venue after a bruising battle in which his neighbors said they didn't want tour buses invading the largely residential neighborhood.
Newton's 40-acre (16-hectare) estate features South African penguins, Arabian horses, Impressionist paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir and 17th-century antiques collected from European castles. Some of the keepsakes were gifts from the mentors and friends who helped make Newton famous, including Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Bobby Darin and Jack Benny.
Newton, his wife and their daughter are expected to move into a smaller house on the property.
The revamped estate is expected to employ more than 400 people as Nevada struggles with unemployment above 13 percent, the highest in the nation.