Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain has had countless items go to auction since his death, but locks of his hair might be the strangest yet.
Last year, the frontman’s acoustic guitar used for Nirvana’s iconic MTV Unplugged in New York concert sold at auction for an eye-watering figure of $6,010,00. That same auction also featured other Nirvana items such as a Fender Strat used by Cobain during their In Utero tour and the silver lamé shirt he wore in the video for ‘Heart-Shaped Box’.
While they are all valuable pieces of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia, locks of Cobain’s hair are somewhat more left-field. According to Iconic Auctions’ listings, the strands come from a haircut Cobain had back in 1989 when he was touring Nirvana’s debut album, Bleach. The cut was given to Cobain by his “early confidante”, Tessa Osbourne.
“Tessa had known Kurt back in England, and they had hung out during the Bleach tour,” the listing explains. “She must have had a sense that Kurt would become a musical force.”
Following his death in 1994, Osbourne passed the hair onto Seattle artist Nicole DePolo as a gift. However, it ended up in the hands of John Reznikoff, who claims to be the world’s “foremost hair collector and expert”.
The description reads: “This one-of-a-kind artifact is entirely fresh-to-market, and accompanied by an impeccable lineage of provenance including images of Kurt posing with the woman who cut this hair, scissors in hand, and a fantastic shot of the hair actually being cut!” the description reads.
Bidding starts at $2,500, and there are eight days left. Check it out, here.