It’s not every day you could buy some of the DNA that made the Seattle music scene in the ’90s. Today, you can own some of Kurt Cobain’s.
Kurt Cobain‘s old gear seems to frequent auctions around the globe, fetching massive prices and ending up in the collections of die-hard Nirvana fans. However, this latest bit of Cobain history really takes the cake.
While the first listing is none other than a Marshall 1960B 4 x 12 amp cabinet, an item that was used at Nirvana‘s ‘Live and Loud’ show in 1993, the second is something much less typical: exactly six strands of the Nirvana frontman luscious locks. Yep, you read that correctly, his hair.
Let’s start off with the amp. The cab was personally owned by Cobain, and as previously stated, can be seen being used in Nirvana’s ‘Live and Loud’ sessions that occurred at Pier 48 in Seattle on December 13th, 1993. Various decals and scrawlings can be seen on the amp, including ‘Kurt’ written in the top right corner, and a stencil of ‘K3 Music Bank – Vintage’, likely referring to the infamous Seattle Warehouse that housed various bands of the location, including Alice in Chains and of course, Nirvana.
Before you go writing off the hair as a less-than-sound investment, there are a couple of things to consider. First off, there is plenty of proof that the hair is real and doesn’t belong to any old bloke. Photos of Kurt posing with the woman who cut his hair, Tessa Osbourne, are provided with the blonde strands upon purchase, showing him with the hair both pre and post trim. Tessa gifted the hair and photos to Seattle artist Nicole DePolo. This is the first time the hair has seen the market.
The auction in question, run by Iconic Auctions, has plenty more for sale if these two fine products don’t tickle your fancy. Alongside these, are a blue Fender Stratocaster signed by Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl, as well as plenty of non-Nirvana related items, such as an immaculate copy of Led Zeppelin II signed by the entire band, a 2012 Charvel used and signed by Eddie Van Halen and a massive collection of signed Beatles items.
If you’re interested, the auction can be found here and ends on the 15th of May, 2021. Happy bidding!