Yes, you did read that right: an American auction house are selling six strands of Kurt Cobain’s hair. As part of their Amazing Music Auction (Vol 1), Iconic Auctions have this bizarre and priceless artefact up for grabs until May 15. Among other stuff on offer are a guitar amp used by Kurt, one of Eddie Van Halen’s guitars signed by the late axeman, signed Beatles records, and the original studio recording tape for Prince’s Sign O’ The Times.
But, really, it’s the hair you want to know about, isn’t it? With a boast that they are the only items of their kind on the market, the strands are from Nirvana’s 1989 UK tour, during which Kurt had his hair cut by one Tessa Osbourne from Birmingham, who is pictured with Kurt and, crucially, scissors. Following Kurt’s passing in 1994, they were gifted to Seattle artist Nicole DePolo.