Sahara in Vegas donating sign to Neon Museum

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FILE This  March 1, 2001 file photo shows the marquee of the Sahara Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Owners of the closed Sahara Hotel Casino on the Las Vegas Strip plan to donate one of the property's iconic signs to the Neon Museum.    (AP Photo/Laura Rauch)
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FILE This March 1, 2001 file photo shows the marquee of the Sahara Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas …

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.

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