- California-based auction house Julien’s Auctions sold a dirty paper plate that Kurt Cobain ate pizza off of before writing a Nirvana set list on it for $US22,400.
- According to Julien’s, the plate was used by Cobain at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, on April 23, 1990.
- Johnny Riggs, of the band THUD, held on to the plate for three decades after taking it from the club the night of the performance.
- A sweater worn by Cobain was sold in the same auction, raking in $US75,000.
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A dirty paper plate that Kurt Cobain ate pizza off of before writing a Nirvana set list on it sold at an auction for $US22,400.
California-based auction house Julien’s Auctions estimated the plate’s value at $US1,000 to $US2,000 before it was sold for 11 times more on May 18.
According to Julien’s, the plate was used by Cobain at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC, on April 23, 1990.
The set list that was later written on the plate included “Love Buzz” and “About a Girl.”
The auctioned plate was accompanied by a typed and signed letter of authenticity from Johnny Riggs, of the band THUD, who performed before Nirvana at the 9:30 Cub and snagged the plate. He held on to the plate for three decades before it was sold in the auction.
“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,” the auction said. “Riggs managed to obtain the plate when they were done performing, accompanied by a copy of the promotional flyer for that night’s show.”
A sweater worn by Cobain was sold in the same auction, raking in $US75,000. The sweater, which was estimated by Julien’s to be worth $US20,000, was worn by Cobain in his last photoshoot before his death.
Julien’s Music Icons auction on May 18 featured 669 items from several musicians, including Miley Cyrus, Cher, Madonna, Prince, and Sammy Davis Jr.
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