Kurt Cobain: Six Strands of Rock Legend's Hair Sold for R200k

Kurt Cobain: Six Strands of Rock Legend's Hair Sold for R200k

- Kurt Cobain is a legendary singer and was the frontman for rock band Nirvana, which was massive in the 90s and spawned a whole grunge culture

- Six strands of Kurt's blonde hair fetched a tidy sum at an auction by Iconic Auctions

- The singer, who battled depression and drug abuse, committed suicide in 1994 but there are numerous conspiracy theories surrounding his demise

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Rock legend Kurt Cobain's hair is more expensive than gold: the former Nirvana frontman’s hair has just sold for a whopping R200k.

Kurt Cobain: Six strands of rock legend's hair sold for KSh1.5 million
Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994. Photo: Frank Micelotta.
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The six strands of hair fetched the tidy sum at a rock and roll auction held by Iconic Auctions. According to the auction house, the hair is accompanied by proof it belonged to Kurt.

The proof includes images of the singer posing with the woman who cut the hair and another depicting the hair being cut. The woman who chopped off Kurt’s hair in 1989 was identified as Tessa Osbourne.

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She gave the hair to artist Nicole DePolo as a gift after Kurt’s passing and she provided a handwritten provenance note.

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“Tessa had known Kurt back in England. Nirvana had broken in England first, and she must have had a sense that Kurt would become a musical force,” a sworn affidavit by DePolo read in part.

Before being sold, the hair was in the possession of John Reznikoff, who entered the Guinness World Records book in 2014 for having the world’s largest collection of historic hair.


Despite the fame and success, the singer battled depression and chronic stomach pain for a long time. He was a frequent cocaine user and took a variety of painkillers to deal with the pain as a result.

In March 1994, he was hospitalised in Rome after falling into a coma due to an overdose. It was termed a failed suicide attempt.

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A month later, he snuck out of a drug treatment facility in Los Angeles and returned to his home, where he shot and killed himself.

In other news about artefacts belonging to famous people selling at auction, a job application letter written in 1973 by late Apple CEO Steve Jobs fetched R300k. However, it was not specified in the letter what company he wanted to work at.

Kurt Cobain: Six Strands of Rock Legend's Hair Sold for KSh1.5 Million
Steve Jobs' letter. Photos: Justin Sullivan.
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A month ago, Jack Dorsey, the Twitter co-founder, sold his first tweet for an eye-popping R4.1 million.

"Just setting up my Twitter," read the Tweet, which was published on March 21, 2006.

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