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 an extended line of shoppers.
Bob King / File / Duluth News Tribune

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

Greene stated the storage unit was a big one and its contents stuffed a 24-foot trailer from prime to backside.

“We have a whole lot of albums, all the things from ’70s rock to disco and no matter else they carried. I do know for sure there are a number of grownup objects and in addition 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 cannot know precisely what we’re promoting till subsequent Thursday, once we unpack all the things and set it out,” she stated.

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 medicine, 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 night time. We’ll be promoting all of the PG objects first. Then we’ll take slightly 15-minute intermission. So, if anyone does not really feel snug sticking round for the opposite stuff, they’ll go,” Greene stated.

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

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

“We’re in no way attempting to make gentle of the scenario. I wasn’t residing right here on the time, however I perceive that there have been those that died due to artificial medicine. 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 obtained caught with all these things,” Greene stated.

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







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