LAS VEGAS — A California court-appointed arbitrator has ordered a company to pay a Las Vegas resort over $2.2 million for using a space to showcase Elvis Presley artifacts after defaulting on a lease.

Exhibit A Circle had been using an exhibit space at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino to showcase over 350 historical artifacts, including Presley’s first gold album and his high school yearbooks. The exhibit was closed after company owner Joel Weinshanker threatened to default the lease.

Westgate Chief Operating Officer Mark Waltrip told the Las Vegas Review-Journal ( Friday that the independent judge concluded that Joel Weinshanker purposefully defaulted on the lease and owes the Westgate money.

Weinshanker’s Las Vegas lawyer Ogonna Brown could not be reached for comment.

The artifacts remain at the Westgate pending a lawsuit.

Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal,

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