Memorabilia News

Sahara Hotel and Casino


PRESLEY | COLLECTIBLES has added new items relating to the Sahara Hotel and Casinos in Las Vegas and Lake Tahoe.  No longer trading as the Sahara, the items include ash trays from both resorts, an Elvis Presley signed Sahara matchbook, a near mint condition Lake Tahoe menu from a 1974 Elvis show and one of only five privately owned brass door handles from the Sahara Las Vegas.

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The Sahara Las Vegas shut its doors on May 16, 2011. SBE chief executive Sam Nazarian stated that the hotel was not “economically viable”. Nazarian said that he would help some 1,600 hotel workers find new jobs. Its closure leaves only the Tropicana, Flamingo and the Riviera remaining from the pre-1960 era. On May 16, 2011 at 12:00 PM PDT, the last hotel guest checked out of the Sahara Hotel and Casino, and the doors were officially closed at 2:00PM. This marked the end of a 59-year run on the Strip.  NCL/National Content Liquidators began a liquidation sale on June 16th, 2011 of all items inside the property and continued until the property was completely empty. The final day of the sale was September 4th, 2011. When in Las Vegas Elvis often stayed at the Sahara – a hotel/casino is likely to reopen on the site in 2014.

The Sahara Lake Tahoe opened as Del Webb’s Sahara Tahoe in 1965. Elvis Presley performed here from 1971-1976, and his suite is still available for guests to book. The hotel also hosted the group of techies who defined the CD-ROM standard. In 1983 the hotel was given a Western theme and re-branded Del Webb’s High Sierra Hotel. In 1990 it was sold to Columbia Sussex, which re-branded the hotel again as the Horizon Casino. As of 2005 Columbia Sussex (leaseholder) is in a contract dispute with Park Cattle Company, the landowners of the Horizon Casino and the MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa (formerly Caesars Tahoe), which Columbia Sussex acquired from Harrah’s Entertainment.

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