Kurt Cobain collectibles
Kurt Cobain (February 20, 1967 – April 5, 1994) was an American musician and artist, and the lead singer and guitarist of the grunge band Nirvana.
The band shot to worldwide fame in 1991 with their second studio album ‘Nevermind’, and went on to sell over 50 million albums worldwide with 25 million in the United States alone. During this time Cobain struggled with his worldwide fame and suffered from depression, illness and an addiction to heroin.
Cobain was found dead at his home in Seattle on April 8, 1994. His death was ruled as suicide by a self-inflicted shotgun wound, but has been the subject of intense conspiracy theories ever since. There have been a number of books and documentaries on the subject, including Nick Broomfield's 1998 film 'Kurt and Courtney'.
In 2006, 12 years after his death, Kurt Cobain topped the list of highest earning dead celebrities as compiled by Forbes Magazine.
Nirvana's recording catalogue sold 1.1 million units in the U.S. in 2005, and his former wife Courtney Love sold a 25% stake in the band’s back catalogue to New York music publishing company Primary Wave for a reported $50 million.
He was replaced in 2007 by Elvis Presley.
In December 2004 two pieces of childhood artwork by Kurt Cobain were sold at a Christie’s auction in New York.
The first, a watercolour painting on paper depicting a lighthouse in the middle of a rough sea signed ‘Kurt 80.’, sold for $11,950.
The second, a hand-drawn and coloured pencil sketch made as a birthday card for Cobain's grandmother, Iris signed "Happy Birthday, Grandmother. Love Kurt.", sold for $9,560.