Someone Just Bought A Dirty Paper Plate Used By Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain For An Obscene Amount At Auction

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Nothing causes rich people with endless streams of disposable income to open their wallets quite like nostalgic memorabilia from dead music icons. It’s why Tupac’s handwritten lyrics to “Dear Mama” went up for sale for $75,000 a couple years back. Or why the BMW he was shot and killed in (allegedly) was auctioned off for $1.5 million.

The late Kurt Cobain is on Tupac’s level of influence and I’d be willing to bet people would stand in line to bid on a fart captured in a mason jar from when the Nirvana frontman was recording Nevermind.

If you think that’s an exaggeration, consider that a person spent the equivalent of a downpayment on a house in Bentonville, Arkansas to purchase a used plate that was once in the possession of the iconic musician. California-based auction house Julien’s listed the plate, which Cobain wrote a setlist on for a show in Washington DC in 1990, for $1,000-$2,000 at auction, but some dudes really wanted the fucking plate.

The winning bid: $22,400. Yes, $22,400.

The description of the collector’s item, via Julien’s:

A used paper plate with a set list handwritten in black marker by Kurt Cobain at the 9:30 nightclub in Washington, D.C., on April 23, 1990. Accompanied by a typed, signed letter of authenticity from Johnny Riggs of the band THUD stating that his band played before Nirvana at the club that night. Cobain had eaten some pizza before the show and proceeded to write the set list on the plate he had been eating his pizza on. Riggs managed to obtain the plate when they were done performing. Accompanied by a copy of the promotional flyer for that night’s show.

Diameter, 9 1/4 inches

Cobain is selling used fucking plates for five figures and I can’t even get the Goodwill to accept my game-worn men’s league basketball jersey. What the shit is up with that!

[h/t Vice]

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