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Liberace: His Life in Pictures

Pink-feathered costumes! A piano-shaped pool! Go Behind the Candelabra with PEOPLE's look at the flamboyant entertainer's most lavish moments

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Updated: Sunday May 26, 2013 | 06:00 AM EDT By: Oliver Jones and Nancy Mattia

BREAKING THE BANK

In the HBO biopic Behind the Candelabra, Michael Douglas portrays flamboyant pianist Liberace, who was as famous for his glitzy lifestyle as his music. The entertainer, pictured in 1981, paid his longtime costume designer Michael Travis $350,000 for this epic fox stole he wore on stage. "It was always carte blanche with Lee," Travis says of the showman, who died from AIDS at age 67 in 1987. "A $50,000 advance for a costume was not a big deal."