Hundreds turn out for Platinum Plus auction - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Hundreds turn out for Platinum Plus auction

An auctioneer sells one of hundreds of items up for grabs at Thursday's auction. An auctioneer sells one of hundreds of items up for grabs at Thursday's auction.

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - It was the final chapter for one of Memphis' most notorious nightclubs Thursday, as items inside the former Platinum Plus on Mt. Moriah went up for auction.

Thursday morning, an auctioneer's voice shattered the silence inside the shuttered club, where hundreds gather for a piece of the action.

"It's part of Memphis," attendee Christopher Gales said.

The club has been closed since police shut it down for prostitution in December of 2006.  Nearly untouched since then, advice remained on lockers, and pictures on the walls.

Everything inside the building, from stained tables to stale sofas and stripper stages, was seized by the feds, and went up for action Thursday.

Attendee Kathleen Lafever was there for one reason.  "To buy Christmas presents," she said.

Another man bought a disco ball for $500.  "It'll make one wonderful conversation piece," he said.

It was the last chapter for one of Memphis' most notorious clubs, as the government attempted to recover some of the costs that went into investigating the building's former tenants.

"I don't think it'll cover all the cost of the investigation, because the investigation lasted about two years," District Attorney General Bill Gibbons said. "But that's where the proceeds will go."

It was last call at a bar and strip club that was stripped bare - by the calls an auctioneer.

A spokesperson for Gibbons' office said late Thursday afternoon that the auction netted $60,000 in sales, including $30,000 for the building's wooden bar and bar back.


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