Published Aug 12, 2020We've seen some pretty wild Kurt Cobain memorabilia head to auction over the years, but the latest item to hit the block is definitely one of the most morbid. Believe it or not, the homeowner insurance policy he signed for the Seattle house where he was found dead is being auctioned.
The grim piece of Nirvana history is being auctioned off by Goldin Auctions, who feel it's their duty to point out in the title text that the document was signed 74 days prior to Cobain's death on April 8, 1994. Apparently, what adds an extra layer of value to the item is Cobain signed his full name as "Kurt D. Cobain," though he was known to typically just put "Kurt."
Cobain had only owned the house for a few months before he died of an apparent suicide, but the document is expected to fetch more than $100,000 USD. The signed document also comes with some photos of the house.
And while $100,000 may sound like a lot for a piece of paper, it's nothing compared to the record-breaking Martin D-18E guitar that sold for a whopping $6,010,000 USD earlier this year.
You can check out the full auction description below, where you will also find an image of the signed document and the photos included of the house.
On January 21st, 1994, the legendary grunge musician and Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain signed this homeowner's insurance policy for his Lake Washington Boulevard home in Seattle, Washington. Just under three months later (74 days to be exact), the 27-year old singer was found dead in his home, the victim of suicide. In the time between signing the policy and his untimely death, Cobain finished Nirvana's final European tour and unsuccessfully visited rehab in an attempt to treat his dependence on heroin. Cobain changed alternative music in his brief career as the catalyst of Nirvana, with his band selling over 75 million records since its formation in 1987.
This Chase Bank homeowner's loan document identifies Cobain and his trustee Allen Draher as the loan recipients, with Cobain's address listed as 171 Lake Washington Boulevard East — the very house in which Cobain was found dead. Cobain has signed his name as "Kurt D. Cobain" in black liquid ink roller. This is a rare full signature of Cobain with his middle initial. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member added the date "1-21-94" in addition to his signature. Draher has also signed in black ink, inscribing "Trustee" and "1-21-94" as well. Please note the "94" in Draher's inscription is smudged slightly. "Received Jan 26 1994 / Newton Insurance" is stamped in red ink on the upper corner of the document. Included in this lot are unique photographs of Cobain's home. There are seven total photographs, with six bearing handwritten notes including "Side", "Side of Garage", "Corian Vanity", "Kitchen", "1 of 5 Fireplaces", and "New Furnace / Fuel Efficient". Also included in this lot are 13 Polaroid photos showing how the house looked in 1994 as it originally stood. The house was caught on fire in 2016. This incredibly rare piece of music history is accompanied by a LOA from JSA for Cobain's signature (Z53065).