The childhood home of iconic Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain is up for sale in Aberdeen, Washington, about 2 hours southwest of Seattle, The property comes complete with an old mattress the singer once slept on, a sort of ultra-ridic package to compliment the Nirvana “In Utero” 20th anniversary box set.
The ramshackle 1923 house is being put on the market by Cobain’s mother, Wendy O’Connor, for roughly $500,000, and comes complete with stained carpeting, rotting wooden shingles on some interior walls, and a recent coat of yellow paint. The 1.5 story bungalow, appraised at less than $67.000, is on East 1st Street in Aberdeen.
Cobain’s sister, Kim Cobain, said in an emailed 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, and (we) feel it’s time to let go of the home.” The family is using photos from Cobain’s early life to help sell the property, and the walls in the house still feature holes the artist punched in, as well as stenciled-in band names like Iron Maiden and Led Zeppelin.
Cobain’s parents bought the house when he was two, and he’d lived there until he was 9 when his parents divorced, and then moved back in during his teen years. Charles R. Cross, author of the Cobain biography, “Heavier Than Heaven,” said in an interview that the house was “a place where he (Cobain) had very fond memories, but it’s the house where his parents got divorced,” adding, “he couldn’t wait to get away, but it’s a place that helped shape who he became.”
According to Beverly Hills-based real estate firm The Agency, the house features the original dining room table and hutch from when Cobain lived there, and his mattress is stashed in a musty upstairs crawl space. In 2002, a nearby house was sold in Montesano for $42,500. When the owners learned that Cobain had lived there from ages 11 to 15, they flipped it for $210,000.
In a study featured in the New York Times, people appear to buy celebrity memorabilia because they seem to think that some sort of essence is locked inside of the object, and that said essence might somehow be contagious. So, the sellers best be sure not to wash that mattress, as any potential buyer might lose their chance at gleaning talent from it.
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