This month marks the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s final studio album. Fans can buy a new “super deluxe” box set to celebrate the occasion…or they could purchase the childhood home of late frontman Kurt Cobain, complete with his mattress.
Cobain’s mother, Wendy O’Connor, is putting the tired, 1.5-story bungalow two hours southwest of Seattle on the market this week.
To help sell the house, the family is offering a glimpse into the early life of its tortured and talented son through photos taken there, including one of a chocolate-frosted birthday cake for Kurt and a shot of a teenage Cobain smiling, guitar in hand, in his messy room.
The home, last assessed at less than $67,000, is being listed for $500,000. It’s a short walk from a riverfront park dedicated to Cobain’s memory, and the family said it would welcome a partnership to make the home into a museum. Kurt’s room still has the band names (Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin) he reportedly stenciled on the walls, as well as the holes he put in them.
“We’ve decided to sell the home to create a legacy for Kurt, and yes, there are some mixed feelings since we have all loved the home and it carries so many great memories,” Cobain’s sister, Kim Cobain, said in an e-mailed statement. “But our family has moved on from Washington, and (we) feel it’s time to let go of the home.”
The heroin-addicted Cobain committed suicide in Seattle in 1994, at age 27, after a meteoric career that popularized the Pacific Northwest’s heavy, muddy “grunge” rock. The last of Nirvana’s three studio albums, In Utero, came out in September 1993, and Universal Music Group has released a remastered version and a “super deluxe” box set.