Kurt Cobain's Hair Is Now Being Auctioned Off
"This one-of-a-kind artifact is entirely fresh-to-market"
Published May 06, 2021The Kurt Cobain auctions just keep getting weirder and weirder. Up next, the actual hair from the iconic Nirvana frontman is being auctioned off. Yes, the dude's actual hair.
Today it was announced that six strands of Cobain's hair are being auctioned as part of Iconic Auctions' "The Amazing Music Auction," and this is not a joke. The bidding opens today at 8 p.m. ET.
Here's even an entire paragraph from Iconic Auctions about the hair up for sale:
This one-of-a-kind artifact is entirely fresh-to-market and is accompanied by an impeccable lineage of provenance including photos of Kurt posing with the woman who cut this hair, scissors in hand, and a fantastic shot of the hair actually being cut! The lucky friend who trimmed the Nirvava frontman's iconic blond locks was an early confidant, Tessa Osbourne, who cut his hair in 1989 — well prior to his Nevermind breakthrough — while on the Bleach tour. Tessa presented the original lock to Seattle artist Nicole DePolo as a heartfelt gift after Kurt's passing, and she provided the original bag with handwritten provenance note, '29/10/89: Tess cut Kurt's hair in Birmingham, England, 27 Holy Rd., Handsworth, Birmingham B202BU.
A portion of proceeds from the hair auction will benefit Live Nation's Crew Nation, which aims to help live music crew workers impacted by the pandemic.
Current hair owner DePolo also had provided a two-page provenance affidavit to go along with the sale. It reads in part:
Tessa had known Kurt back in England, and they had hung out during the Bleach Tour. Nirvana had broken in England first, and she must have had a sense that Kurt would become a musical force. When it came to Kurt, Tessa was kind of what like Astrid Kirchherr had been to the Beatles — the woman who had given him his iconic haircut. She even had a series of pictures to prove it: a snapshot of her and Kurt with long straggly hair while she held a pair of scissors high, then a shot of the scissors going through about 7" of hair. The rest was history. Kurt was known for his bleached blond pageboy, and she'd given him his first one back in October of 1989, just before his image began to circulate throughout the world.
You can see that snapshot below.
And yeah, if you are some mad scientist looking to create a Kurt Cobain clone, this auction is definitely for you.