LOUISVILLE, Ky.(WDRB) -- There’s 40 years’ worth of rare items left in the former Phoenix Hill Tavern, and everything must go.

Thousands of items from around the world can be found on both levels of the iconic Louisville business.

“The owner loved to go to auctions and yard sales. If it was different ,that's what he liked,” auctioneer Joe Gribbins said.

He was even taken aback by how much stuff is still here.

“The array, the variety ... It's just phenomenal,” Gribbins said.

The owner of Phoenix Hill Tavern closed the popular nightclub along with Jim Porters without warning nearly a year ago. There’s still no official word on why he shut down the business, but it’s a loss many people in the community still mourn.

“It was the music mecca of Louisville,” Gribbins said.  “A lot of memories were made here. A lot of engagements, a lot of first dates, we hear all the stories.”

So far, bids are ranging from $2 to $3,000. Popular items include the Phoenix Hill brewery sign, large fans from the former Schenley Distillery, the popular moose head and several light fixtures and lamps.

"Edwards Communities" from Columbus, Ohio, purchased the tavern to make way for apartments, retail space and a parking garage.

But in the meantime, everything must go.

The open house is Sunday, May 22.  To learn more about the online auction, click here.

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