Six strands of Kurt Cobain's hair are going up for auction

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7 May 2021, 11:59

You don't see this sort of thing on Antiques Roadshow...

Truly a purchase for the Nirvana fan who has everything, six strands of Kurt Cobain's hair are going up for sale.

They're being sold in the US, as one of the lots in the Amazing Music Auction (Vol. 1).

Other items include Beatles, Cream and Van Halen memorabilia.

The hair was cut from the Nirvana frontman Birmingham, back in October 1989.

So how did they come to have them?

IconicAuctions say: “This one-of-a-kind artefact is entirely fresh-to-market and is accompanied by an impeccable lineage of provenance including photos of Kurt posing with the woman who cut this hair, scissors in hand, and a fantastic shot of the hair actually being cut!"

"The lucky friend who trimmed the Nirvana front man’s iconic blond locks was an early confidant, Tessa Osbourne, who cut his hair in 1989—well prior to his  breakthrough—while on the  tour."

Tessa later gave the hair to Seattle artist Nicole DePolo as a gift after Kurt’s passing.

She gave the lock in the original bag with handwritten provenance note, “29/10/89: Tess cut Kurt's hair in Birmingham, England, 27 Holy Rd., Handsworth, Birmingham B202BU.” 

The lot is accompanied by a detailed two-page provenance affidavit signed by DePolo.

It reads in part, ‘Tessa had known Kurt back in England, and they had hung out during the  Tour. Nirvana had broken in England first, and she must have had a sense that Kurt would become a musical force."

"When it came to Kurt, Tessa was kind of what like Astrid Kirchherr had been to the Beatles—the woman who had given him his iconic haircut."

"She even had a series of pictures to prove it: a snapshot of her and Kurt with long straggly hair while she held a pair of scissors high, then a shot of the scissors going through about 7” of hair."

"The rest was history. Kurt was known for his bleached blond pageboy, and she’d given him his first one back in October of 1989, just before his image began to circulate throughout the world."

It's up for a minimum starting bid of $2,500.