Yesterday (March 3), we asked if you had ever wanted to own some of Kurt Cobain's old junk. Well, we've got bad news for anyone who answered yes: the Craigslist post advertising the sale of some of the Nirvana frontman's old possessions has been revealed as a hoax.
The man behind the post wasn't actually Cobain's former roommate, as he claimed, but Sub Pop Records receptionist Derek Erdman. A confessed lover of pranks, he told Revolt that he wrote the Craigslist advertisement last Friday (February 28), and it quickly began getting attention.
"I did an interview with CBC Radio about it," Erdman said. "Later that night I met a TV news crew (with cameras!) at the aforementioned Safeway for an interview, but they called my bluff and asked for ID. I told them that I was a onetime bass player for '90s band Gruntruck. They didn't buy it, and they were visibly not happy about me wasting their time, I was wearing a flannel shirt, though."
Erdman doesn't actually own any of the items in the post, and he found all of the photos on the internet (so it serves everybody right for not doing a reverse image search). He's apparently gotten lots of responses from so-called "serious collectors" who want the items shipped, but he pointed out, "Have you ever shipped skis? That sounds like it would be really difficult."