Nostalgic to naughty, merchandise from former notorious Duluth head shop to be auctioned

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While federal agents seized all those drugs, as well as many of Carlson’s other assets, some much less illicit merchandise, in addition to indicators, remained. When the mud settled and brokers had completed their work, Carlson’s son, Joseph Gellerman, gathered that stuff and positioned it in a storage unit.

But after some time, he stopped paying the storage facility, and Gellerman was given formal discover that he had to settle up or forfeit the contents of his storage unit.

The memorabilia and merchandise will be going up for public sale 5 p.m. Jan. 8 at Sellers Auction in Superior, Wisconsin.

Joe Gellerman, working at Last Place on Earth in September 2011, helps a protracted line of consumers.
Bob King / File / Duluth News Tribune

Christina Greene, who manages the public sale home, mentioned the sale will be an adults-only occasion, due to the character of a number of the objects to be put up for bid. She mentioned it simply would not be acceptable to have kids within the combine when bongs, different smoking paraphernalia and intercourse toys are being supplied on the market.

Greene mentioned the storage unit was a big one and its contents crammed a 24-foot trailer from high to backside.

“We have lots of of albums, every little thing from ’70s rock to disco and no matter else they carried. I do know for sure there are numerous grownup objects and likewise all of the smoking objects, in addition to stuff like Bob Marley T-shirts, throwing stars, black lights and posters. But most of it is packed in bins proper now in a 40-foot container behind our constructing. So, we can’t know precisely what we’re promoting till subsequent Thursday, once we unpack every little thing and set it out,” she mentioned.

Sellers Auction has two intervening auctions that can precede the Last Place on Earth occasion.


Last Place on Earth proprietor Jim Carlson, of Duluth, reacts after the Duluth Police Department exercised search warrants at his downtown Duluth enterprise in September 2011. Synthetic medication, money and 31 weapons had been seized from the enterprise.
Clint Austin / File / Duluth News Tribune

“We’re going to make it a celebration. I’m getting a keg and a few champagne. We’re calling it date evening. We’ll be promoting all of the PG objects first. Then we’ll take a little bit 15-minute intermission. So, if anyone does not really feel snug sticking round for the opposite stuff, they will go,” Greene mentioned.

“What else are you going to do on a freezing Saturday evening in January?”

Some folks nonetheless wax nostalgic about Last Place on Earth within the days earlier than it started trafficking closely in artificial medication. Therefore, Greene mentioned she’s not shocked there was such curiosity within the approaching public sale.

“We’re in no way attempting to make gentle of the state of affairs. I wasn’t dwelling right here on the time, however I perceive that there have been those who died due to artificial medication. It was a tragic flip, and that is why he (Carlson) is the place he’s proper now. We clearly did not have something to do with that, and we’re simply attempting to assist out the proprietor of a storage facility that bought caught with all these things,” Greene mentioned.

In preserving with the enterprise proprietor’s needs, Greene declined to disclose the operator’s title.

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