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Used Kurt Cobain paper pizza plate sells for $23,000


A piece of Nirvana history has again bee sold at a high-profile auction as Kurt Cobain’s used paper pizza plate sells for an eye-watering $23,000.

After nailing a couple of slices of pizza, Cobain used the plate to write down Nirvana’s setlist for a headline show at Washington, DC’s 9:30 Club on April 23rd, 1990. Thirty years later, Californian action house Julien’s Auctions has sold the plate for $22,400.

The plate, according to a letter of authenticity “distinct pizza stain on the back,” which was provided by Johnny Riggs of the band THUD, who had been selected as the support act for Nirvana that night.

Riggs detailed: “That makes it more cool than just a piece of paper. It’s a lightly-stained pizza plate from Kurt’s own meal!”

The plate becomes the latest Nirvana item to be sold for an incredible amount of money as collectors scramble to get a piece (sorry) of music history.

It was only a matter of days ago that an iconic jumper won by Cobain was sold for $75,000 at a recent auction. The cardigan, worn by Cobain in a photoshoot for Nirvana’s last album In Utero back in 1993, was captured by photographer Jesse Frohman. Famously, the record was released just months before Cobain took his own life in 1994. 

The cardigan would also go on to make an appearance at Cobain’s funeral when Courtney Love, Cobain’s wife, gave it to a person named as “an acquaintance,” according to Julien’s Auctions who recently sold the item. 

“The shoot was meant to take place in Central Park in New York City, but due to Cobain being sick just hours before, the shoot was relocated to the basement of the hotel where the band was staying,” the item description reads. “Cobain showed up three hours late to the shoot and immediately asked for a bucket due to his nausea.”

The auction house also confirmed that the incredible final sale price has doubled the pre-auction estimate which was set at between $10,000 and $20,000. 

The In Utero session was also published by Jesse Frohman in his book ‘The Last Session’ which can be seen below: