A handgun once owned by Elvis Presley was stolen from a museum in the music titan's home town of Memphis, Tennessee.

Authorities said the black, 9mm Smith & Wesson pistol was stolen from a display case in the Elvis After Dark museum, across the street from Presley's Graceland mansion.

A video camera caught a man removing the pistol from the display case around midnight.

The theft came to light on August 17, when a visitor noticed an unfastened glass panel on the case. Officials from Graceland, which owns the museum, subsequently viewed the video tape.

Presley died at Graceland on August 16, 1977, and is buried in a small garden beside the house. Thousands of visitors from around the world have journeyed to Memphis to observe the 30th anniversary of his death.