Kurt Cobain sweater auctioned for record price; but what about his legacy?


It seems ironic that someone who seemed eschew so many mainstream trappings of fame, is now the source of an item that has set an auction record of sorts. Kurt Cobain’s famously unkempt-looking sweater from the days of “In Utero” unplugged in 1994, was auctioned for $334,000.

According to Rolling Stone, the sweater now becomes the most expensive sweater to be sold at auction. The sweater is said to have been sold with all of its imperfections noted, including a “burn hole” and “missing button.”

The article further explains that the sweater had been a gift to Cobain’s daughter’s nanny from his wife, Courtney Love. Love and the nanny had been friends. It is not clear why the nanny, Jackie Farry, first decided to sell the item. But, part of the sweater’s selling characteristics stems from Farry having included a “handwritten note of provenance,” Rolling Stone reports.

Still, questions remain: Is the irony too much? Or has the Age of Grunge passed far enough into history that any of its ephemera is literally for sale if a person can first possess it? These questions are unlikely to be answered any time soon. It could be hoped that the sweater might find its way into any of a number of popular culture or popular music museums for fans to see.

The sweater was sold through Julien’s Auctions.

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Dodie Miller-Gould is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana who lives in New York City where she studies creative nonfiction at Columbia University. She has BA and MA degrees in English from Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, and an MFA in Fiction from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her research interests include popular music and culture, 1920s jazz, and blues, confessional poetry, and the rhetoric of fiction. She has presented at numerous conferences in rhetoric and composition, and creative writing. Her creative works have appeared in Tenth Muse, Apostrophe, The Flying Island, Scavenger's Newsletter and elsewhere. She has won university-based awards for creative work and literary criticism.

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