Kurt Cobain’s Self-Portrait Doodle Sells For Nearly $300,000 At Auction

Nirvana rocker Kurt Cobain self-drawn doodle, labeled as “Kurdt Kobain Rock Star,” sells for over $280,000 in music auction.

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A doodle drawn by the late great Kurt Cobain sold for nearly $300,000. The self-portrait of the Nirvana frontman titled “Kurdt Kobain Rock Star” was drawn in 1992 in Singapore.

The self-portrait caricature drawing created by Cobain shows a stick figure version of the Nirvana rocker playing the guitar. There is a handwritten message that says, “I don’t know how to play and I don’t give a hoot!”

“Cobain made the drawing and gifted it to Jacque Chong, a freelance photographer who worked with Cobain during Nirvana’s Nevermind album promotional tour in Singapore in 1992,” according to the listing from Julien’s Auctions.

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“The drawing is done with black felt pen on TNT Music Centre [sic] in Singapore stationery with a white matted cardboard frame,” the listing from the California-based auction house.

“Independent label Dover Street Market Ginza has previously reproduced the drawing on its fashion apparel, with Chong’s permission,” Julien’s Auctions stated. “The additional photographs on view are of Cobain and Chong in his hotel as well as a group photograph that includes the two.”

After 21 auction bids, the “Kurdt Kobain Rock Star” self-portrait sold for $281,250 at a recent sale at Julien’s Auctions, which originally estimated the doodle drawing to sell between $10,000 – $20,000. The first bid for the Nirvana music memorabilia was $35,000.

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