Published on April 4th, 2012 | by Alan Cross


Auction of Kurt Cobain Memorabilia to Earn $100 Million or More

It was eighteen years ago this week–April 5, 1994–that Kurt Cobain decided to decline any further participation in grunge, rock music and the world in general.  Now some of what he left behind will soon go up for auction. This includes no fewer than four original paintings and one drawing that have been in storage all this time.

From The Fix:

The Fix founder Maer Roshan unearthed this trove while reporting Courtney Comes Clean, the first e-book in the Quick Fix series. 

The work is housed in Art Pack, a high-end storage facility in Los Angeles. Love has publicly declared her intention to auction off the artwork, as well as guitars and other of Cobain’s memorabilia; the sale is expected to earn up to $100 million. However, ownership of the artwork is contested. According to sources, Cobain’s publishing company, EOM, covered Love’s unpaid storage fees for the cache and may try to block the auction.

What is clear is that this work comes from the troubled mind of Cobain at the height of his addiction. Painted in 1993, during the recording of Nirvana’s last studio album, In Utero, they illustrate the young genius’s fascination with decay, conception, nourishment, and waste.

Read more here.


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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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One Response to Auction of Kurt Cobain Memorabilia to Earn $100 Million or More

  1. David R says:

    Just lovely. More ways Courtney can cash in on Kurt's vast talent and turn it into heroin. I really hope it kills her this time around.

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