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Lavish Las Vegas Liberace mansion opens the doors for a private fan tour

The Liberace Fan Club had an opportunity today to tour the late entertainer's Las Vegas estate 10/25/16 (Denise Rosch | KSNV)

He was known as Mr. Showmanship, a Las Vegas performer who's flamboyant style lit up any stage or movie screen he graced.

Now, nearly 30 years after his death, Liberace fans are still smitten.

His home, off of Tropicana Avenue near Swenson Street has been carefully restored. Tuesday, the Liberace Fan Club got the first tour.

"I loved him, just amazing. So friendly, so human, so normal," said Hilde Lindstrom of the Liberace Fan Club.

Lindstrom had a personal connection to the man who once lived inside the awesome home. As she walked through the mansion Tuesday, she said the years began to melt away.

She carried with her a small photo album, filled with images of the famous pianist. Lindstrom got to know Liberace well, meeting with him after shows whenever possible.

"He'd look at the crowds as he came out the door, grab my arm and we'd walk down the street together. I was his security guard I guess," she said fondly.

Now, Hilde holds onto the memories alongside about 30 members of the fan club.

Liberace lived in the mansion until his death in 1987. The iconic building was saved from the wrecking ball by the current owner, James Ravenhill.

"It was temporary insanity. I got excited, I'm a dangerous person when I get excited. I saw on the internet they were crying for someone to buy it," he said.

That was three years ago. Ravenhill said he paid $500,000 cash for the crumbling home and then spent over three times that amount to renovate and restore.

Ravenhill said the work is far from done, but the time has come to share.

One of the most popular locations on the tour is the $350,000 bathtub.

It was once used in a magazine spread, featuring Liberace covered in bubbles.

The home also features a handpainted ceiling in the bedroom. Ravenhill said a direct descendant of Michaelangelo spent 6 months creating the work of art for a cool $1.5 million.

News 3 wanted to know if Ravenhill could still feel Mr. Showmanship wandering the halls of the home.

"Yes sometimes, there's a presence. I'll smell cigarette smoke and I don't allow smoking in the house. He smoked a couple packs a day. And then sometimes in the night I'll hear the tingling of something and I'm like what is that? And then the dogs will be looking up and I'm like, there's something there," he said.

Ravenhill hopes to eventually offer more private tours and host events inside of the mansion. He wants to show off the chandeliers, the artwork, and all of the design that makes the home so special.

Even for fans who weren't around while Liberace was alive, they say the home is magical.

"Why wouldn't you want to come to the house? It's such a big part of Las Vegas history. Liberace history," said Michael Orsini, 27.

The mansion was once two separate houses. Liberace had the space blended into one, creating a 15,000 square foot space. Earlier this year, the Clark County Commission dubbed it a historic landmark.

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