Teenage Elvis's bathroom mirror and parquet flooring from Lauderdale Court. Stained glass windows from the Gayoso House. Baggage carts from Central Station. These and other morsels of Memphis history will be on the auction block April 6 at one of the city's grandest, if long-suffering, landmarks: the 1891 Tennessee Brewery. Memphis Heritage Inc., the city's foremost private, nonprofit historic preservation group, has assembled hundreds of items for the 2002 edition of its fund-raising auction.
The 350 tickets for this event - $40 a person or $75 a couple for nonmembers ($30 and $55 for Memphis Heritage members) - are already on sale. For information, call 529-9828. The auction will run 6-10 p.m., with a silent auction 6-8 p.m. and live auction 8-10 p.m. Memphis Heritage holds the auction every two years or so, selling architectural pieces salvaged from familiar landmarks, usually before they were renovated or bulldozed. Among the landmarks represented this year are the old Ellis Auditorium, demolished for a new performing arts center; the still-standing Lauderdale Court apartment where Elvis Presley lived as a teenager.