Kurt Cobain’s hometown of Aberdeen, Washington holds its first Kurt Cobain Day this Thursday – on what would have been the Nirvana frontman’s 47th birthday.
The city’s mayor, Bill Simpson, said the day of commemorations is “in recognition of his artistic achievements.
“Aberdeen residents may justifiably take pride in the role our community played in the life of Kurt Cobain and the international recognition our community has gained from its connections with Kurt Cobain”, he added.
The move has caused controversy in some quarters, with complainants arguing that Cobain’s drug taking is not a subject to celebrate.
I can see their qualms, yet if we follow that line of argument the only musician we could celebrate with a clear conscience would be Cliff Richard. No offence, Cliff.
But my reason for discussing Cobain today is this:
Kurt Cobain Day is evidence that he still matters. That his influence is still felt keenly. And that he will continue to be celebrated for years and decades to come.
Which is why I feel Kurt Cobain memorabilia is among the most exciting collectibles markets around. His Mosrite Gospel Mark IV guitar, for example, auctioned for $131,000 in 2006.
You can see the Top 10 Kurt Cobain memorabilia sales here.
One sector that looks undervalued to me is his signature, with signed photos auctioning for around £200 ($333).
And if you’re in the Washington State area, Thursday could be a great place to start your Cobain collection. Because amid the musical performances and the unveiling of a statue, a Cobain-signed guitar will be up for auction.
And if you’re not based in the north-west of the US, why not give us a call and we can source your Kurt Cobain memorabilia for you?
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