Not only can you now own a mammoth 20th Anniversary Reissue of Nirvana’s third and final album In Utero, you can also own the very walls the band’s frontman used to write on as a kid.
Kurt Cobain’s mother Wendy O’Connor, and sister Kim Cobain, have put their old four bedroom home in Aberdeen, Washington (about two hours from Seattle, the ‘home’ of grunge), on the market for $500,000 USD (roughly $535,000 AUD). According to the house’s official listing (which contains a brilliant photo gallery of the house and its youngest inhabitants), Kurt Cobain lived in this house “from when he was a few months old until he was nine, when his parents separated, and then again from age 16 until about 20”.
The Guardian notes that Kurt’s mother hopes the house will be snapped up by someone who is interested in turning the home into a museum. The gallery from the official listing shows Kurt in his (messy) room, as well as the Iron Maiden and Led Zeppelin stencils he had traced on his bedroom wall.
Kim Cobain said in a statement: “We’ve decided to sell the home to create a legacy for Kurt, and yes, there are some mixed feelings since we have all loved the home and it carries so many great memories. But our family has moved on from Washington [state], and [we] feel it’s time to let go of the home.”
And while Kurt was famously idealistic and anti-consumerist — one of the songs on In Utero has the tongue-in-cheek title of Radio Friendly Unit Shifter — his ma doesn’t seem to share her son’s qualms when it comes to cash. According to the The Hollywood Reporter, mama Cobain listed the house for $430,000 more than it’s worth.
The house is located only three blocks away from the park which Aberdeen named the Kurt Cobain Memorial Park. As the listing correctly notes, “this is a once in a lifetime chance to own an amazing piece of rock history”.
Kurt Cobain committed suicide in April 1994, he was just 27 years of age when he passed away. He was survived by his wife Courtney Love and daughter Frances Bean Cobain.
Watch: Selling Kurt Cobain’s Childhood House (via AP)