The fetishisation of Kurt after his death took fandom to unprecedented levels. When unreleased Nirvana tracks come out everyone jumps; not a few years go by without the release of a new Kurt rockumentary searching for meaning; when his old house with Courtney Love was up on Airbnb everyone bombarded the owner with bookings (including me) until it got swiftly taken down. Now superfans will be given the chance to own an iconic piece of his clothing that touched his actual body.
Every Nirvana fan and Kurt worshiper knows Cobain’s iconic cardigan. The fuzzy, baggy green-ish one, sloping off his shoulders in the MTV Unplugged video as he strummed through "The Man Who Sold the World" and "Polly". It’s up for auction in America on November 7, alongside a host of other big name music memorabilia – including, pretty unpleasantly if you ask me, a lock of the late frontman’s hair. It’s believed the hair was given to doll maker Dame Darcy by Courtney Love when she commissioned a doll to be made for their daughter Frances Bean.
The cardigan itself is described in the auction papers as “a blend of acrylic, mohair and Lycra with five-button closure (one button absent), with two exterior pockets, a burn hole and discoloration near left pocket and discoloration on right pocket."
The single item of Kurt’s clothing is expected to fetch upwards of £25,000 – way more than the average salary, but it will probably go for far, far more. So if you’re in the market for some A/W threads, you better have big money in your pocket.