Start the bidding as the late Nirvana frontman's mementos are put up for auction
Julian Marszalek
10:14 17th October 2017

Nirvana fans possessed of deep pockets and heavy wallets and probably not much else will be reaching for the bunce as the late Kurt Cobain’s Blockbuster video card goes up for auction on November 4.

The card is part of a number of mementos and other souvenirs linked to the Nirvana frontman who died in 1994. Also up for auction is a studio receipt from the session with producer Butch Vig that saw the band record a version of The Velvet Underground’s ‘Here She Comes Now’. The same session also saw the band record early versions of ‘In Bloom’, ‘Breed’, ‘Stay Away’ and ‘Polly’ which would all be re-recorded by Vig the following year for the Nevermind album. The current bid for that stands at $400.

Alternately, you could put a bid in for an unused Nirvana concert ticket from a cancelled show at the RDS Simmonscourt Pavilion in Dublin. The concert was scheduled for April 8, 1994, the same day that the band's lead singer, Kurt Cobain, was found dead in Seattle. The bidding for that one has started at $200.

And that video card? Say auctioneers Julien’s Auction, it was “issued by Blockbuster Video at the 1508 North Orange Grove location in Los Angeles, bearing the name Kurt D. Cobain printed on the verso.

“Together with a plastic wallet insert containing two scraps of paper, one printed with the name and address of John Silva at Gold Mountain Entertainment (Nirvana’s management company) and one printed with the name and address of Lee Johnson at Voldal-Wartelle Accounting (Nirvana’s accounting firm), both of whom were thanked by Dave Grohl during his acceptance speech at Nirvana’s induction ceremony into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”

If you’re feeling particularly flushed or have just won the lottery, why not go for Cobain’s MTV Music Award for Best New Artist In A Video 1992 for ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’? The current bid stands at $25,000 but its expected to fetch anywhere between $50 ,000 - $70,000.

The auction closes on November 4. That still leaves you a few weeks to sort out a hefty loan from your bank manager. And to mortgage your soul.