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Sahara in Vegas Donating Sign to Neon Museum
Customers view enlarged historical photo prints of the Beatles during a liquidation sale at the Sahara hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip on Thursday, June 16, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nev. The Sahara closed last month after 59 years, as owner SBE Entertainment decided it couldn't keep the casino open given the tourism economy in Las Vegas. AP Photo/Oskar Garcia.

By: Oskar Garcia, Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP).- Owners of the closed Sahara hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip say they're donating one of the property's iconic signs to the Neon Museum, a collection of Sin City's historic markers.

SBE Entertainment officials tell The Associated Press that the donation is part of celebrating the cultural significance of the casino that closed last month after 59 years.

The sign faced Sahara Avenue at the back of the casino, near a porte-cochere.

Neon Museum Chairman Bill Marion says the sign is a classic example of Las Vegas' storied past and the historic art form of neon signs.

The museum, also known as the Neon Boneyard, is often referred to as the place where neon signs go to die.

The donation comes as SBE mulls what to do with the space.


Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.



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