Mum selling Kurt Cobain's childhood home in Washington
ABERDEEN, WASHINGTON (AP) - This month marks the 20th anniversary of Nirvana's final studio album, and fans aren't just able to buy a new "super deluxe" box set to celebrate the occasion. They can also buy the childhood home of late frontman Kurt Cobain, complete with his mattress.
Cobain's mother, Ms Wendy O'Connor, is putting the tired, 1.5-storey bungalow two hours south-west of Seattle on the market this week. To help sell it, the family is offering a glimpse into the early life of its tortured and talented son through photos shot at the house, 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 US$67,000 (S$84,000), is being listed for US$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 turn the home into a museum. His room still has the stencil-like band names - Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin - he reportedly put 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, Ms 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."