'Pawn Star' Chumlee vacating mansion


Chumlee of "Pawn Stars" fame has moved out of a famous mansion on what is known as the Park Avenue of Las Vegas.

The loveable goof, whose real name is Austin Russell, has been leasing a million-dollar mansion on Augusta Drive at the Las Vegas Country Club Estates since last fall.

The owner of the home, Wayne Miletta , confirmed rumors that Russell has informed him he plans to have the house vacated by October.

The arrival of Chumlee and his pals created a buzz along the cul-de-sac that has long been the home of many of the city's most prominent families. Developer Jerry Mack, who lived there, built the estates more than 40 years ago. It was the city's first private gated community.

So many luxury cars, including Chum's black Rolls-Royce, were parked outside the mansion that one neighbor guessed the rigs were worth more $1 million. Chumlee reportedly receives $25,000 per episode for the show, which has been extended another four seasons, or 80 episodes.

Milletta said he and his wife, Marilyn, bought the home in 2000 from Dr. Elias Ghanem, former Nevada Athletic Commission chairman and one of Elvis Presley's doctors.

Ghanem, who died in 2001, was among the physicians who came under scrutiny after reports that he was among the doctors who provided drugs that contributed to Presley's death.

Ghanem hosted many political fundraisers at the house, with former President Bill Clinton among those who attended.

Ghanem wasn't the only Elvis connection regarding the house. Presley's legendary manager, Col. Tom Parker, lived there during Elvis' historic comeback run at the Hilton, then known as The International.

'TOP CHEF' POOL PARTY

A "Top Chef Masters" season four premiere party will be held tonight at The Cosmopolitan's Boulevard Pool, with many of the reality show's top names on hand. The show starts at 10 p.m. on Bravo.

Weekly screening parties will be held at the site through Sept. 26. They are open to the public. The chef competition will be shown on the hotel's 65-foot marquee.

The reality show was filmed at The Cosmopolitan last year.

ONE AND DONE

Jerry Seinfeld has a dining habit that sounds like a scenario straight out of "Seinfeld."

Remember those chats where Jerry, George and Elaine would discuss a nuance of social interaction?

Like, for instance, how to prevent a relationship from developing with your restaurant server?

Turns out Seinfeld, who was in town for weekend shows at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, apparently has a one-and-done history when it comes to servers.

He prefers having a new server each time he visits his restaurant haunts.

That way no one gets too chummy and yada, yada, yada.

SIGHTINGS

Seinfeld, with Flamingo headliner George Wallace among a party of eight Saturday at Mon Ami Gabi (Paris Las Vegas), celebrating Wallace's birthday. Wallace flew back to New York after his show on a private jet with Seinfeld. They've been best friends since they started together 36 years ago. ... Nightclub figure Steve Davidovici, spotted Tuesday at Town Square, where he is in the process of opening a meatball restaurant. He was sentenced to three years of probation last month by U.S. District Judge Kent Dawson, but the judge put a temporary hold on the sentence until questions were resolved about whether his son, Brian K. Dawson, worked for Davidovici and whether the judge has a conflict in the case. ... Singer Celine Dion, dining with her children at Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina (Crystals at CityCenter) on Sunday.

THE PUNCH LINE

"A new study published by The British Medical Journal found that inactivity can kill you. I mean, these are the kind of findings that just scare the hell out of Congress." - Jay Leno

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