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Want to own a piece of the iconic Gilly’s? You can -- here’s how.

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 6:00 AM
By: Amelia Robinson

The contents inside an iconic Dayton business are being auctioned off.

Gilly’s Jazz, the iconic club at 132 S. Jefferson St. in downtown Dayton., closed at the end of  2017 following the Thanksgiving Day death of its legendary founder, Gerald “Jerry” Gillotti. 

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A city worker on Monday was seen changing the locks of the space that housed the club since July 7, 1972.

Cincinnati-based Worley Auctioneers is handing the now open online-only auction.  

A preview will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Wednesday, Jan. 24.

The auction will close at 4 p.m. that day. 

Items must be removed between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 25 

Items up for grabs include a 1965 Fender Guitar amp and mid-century bar stools. 

“We love auctioning landmarks, and this is a neat one,”  William Hesch, the auction’s manager, told this news organization.

Hesch said he does not know what the fate will be for Gilly’s iconic front marquee or oversized sign. 

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For more information, Hesch can be contacted at 513-444-6329  or 

Bids for more than 139 items — signs; barware; brass rails and partitions; bar equipment; sound and lighting equipment; tables and chairs and art  — are being accepted online at 

The items are being auctioned on behalf of the Gillotti family. 

The  family decided to close the club following Jerry Gillotti’s death at age 80 after a long illness.

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The club had leased the space on a month-by-month bases for about a year. 

A jazz fanatic, Gillotti established a name for his beloved club in the music industry. 

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Performers booked at Gilly’s through the years include a host of local groups and a laundry list of national acts that include Tony Bennett, Diane SchuurBB King, Wynton Marsalis, Art BlakeyDexter GordonBill EvansGeorge Benson, Herbie Hancock, Count Basie and Bobby Blue Bland.

Gillotti was laid to rest Dec. 1 after a Mass of Christian burial at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

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