Liberace mansion buyer plans to restore

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on August 30, 2013 at 8:34 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 30 at 11:00 AM

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The British businessman who bought Liberace's 15,000-square-foot Las Vegas mansion says he plans to work on it relentlessly to restore it to its former glory.

Martyn Ravenhill told The Associated Press on Friday that he's been a huge Liberace fan all his life as well as a lover of Las Vegas. He says he learned of the mansion being up for sale after finding a video about it on YouTube.

The mansion sold for $500,000 to Ravenhill, who seemed surprised by the international attention the purchase has brought. The mansion went for $29,000 below its list price and about $3 million less than it was sold for seven years ago.

Ravenhill says the mansion is a piece of American history that needs to be protected.

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