Get your line of credit bumped up (or sell your Yaletown condo) and you could own a legitimate piece of grunge history by the end of Friday.
The '60s-vintage cardigan frequently worn by Kurt Cobain in the last months of his life will be auctioned off on October 25 by Julien’s Auctions. Currently owned by former race car driver and American entrepreneur Garrett Kletjian, the sweater is expected to go for upwards of US $300,000. When Kletjian bought it at an auction in 2015 he paid $137,500.
Olive green, and marked by cigarette burns and various brown stains, the cardigan is most famous for Cobain wearing it during Nirvana's Unplugged performance on MTV in 1993. In the months leading up to his suicide in April of '94 he also sported it onstage during Nirvana's In Utero tour.
Kletjian told Rolling Stone that he's only worn the sweater once since purchasing it, this despite his being a massive Cobain fan.
“It’s kind of a weird, powerful thing when you do something like that, when we put on somebody else’s [clothes],” he said. “It’s like when they say you should walk in somebody else’s shoes. When I put that on, I was like, ‘Ah, no. God, I don’t want to wear this.’”
The late singer's former nanny (who'd been gifted the cardigan by Cobain's wife Courtney Love) was forced to sell it after needing money following a cancer diagnosis.
“Each person makes a purchase based on their own emotions at the time,” Kletjian told Rolling Stone. “I didn’t buy an Elvis concert outfit because I’m not an Elvis fan. [The sweater] was the right one for me; and now it’s time to part ways with it. I’m happy about that. I hope that it’s going to go to somebody who won’t just see it as an investment — that they’ll get some joy out of it, too.”
Also available for action this weekend (Friday and Saturday) will be
- a single right-hand leather glove worn by Michael Jackson during The Jacksons' Triumph Tour in 1981
- the red swastika T-shirt worn on film and in numerous publicity shots by Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious
- a snare drum played by the Who's Keith Moon
- a 1993 black Gretsch guitar owned by late Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell
- Bruce Springsteen's handwritten lyrics to "Glory Road"
- A pair of broken Elvis Presley sunglasses
Assuming you get your line of credit bumped—or maybe you'll win Lotto 6/49 tonight—you can either attend the Julien's Auction in the flesh at New York's Hard Rock Cafe, or by bidding online. Go here for more details.