Figuring that the Somali community center taking their place won’t have much use for a smashed Jayhawks bass-drum head, beer signs, vintage cigarette machine or Replacements and Soul Asylum posters, the proprietors of the newly sold 400 Bar have put those items and other memorabilia from their 17-year run up for auction on eBay.
That drum head — “very used,” the description understates — appears to be one of the hotter items in the big sell-off, with enough bids to bring it up to $200 at press time.
Another popular one is the club’s red upright piano, up to $510 with the pitch that Willie Murphy and, yep, the Jayhawks played it during their weekly residencies there (and it still plays, too). Not selling so well, however, were the Elvis lamp that adorned the bar (the $500 starting price might be a bit much for kitsch value) and a grayish couch that’s covered in band autographs, the requisite green-room penis graffiti and odd stains. Yeah, ewww.
Go to www.400Bar.com for a link to the auctions, most of which end Friday afternoon.
If their plans of reopening in a new location hold true, the 400 crew should at least have a little money to take to Ikea toward decorating the new place.