Kurt Cobain: Self-portrait caricature drawn by Nirvana star sells for more than $281,000 at auction
Written by Hitmix News on 14 June 2021
A self-portrait caricature drawing by Kurt Cobain has sold at auction for more than $281,000 (£199,000).
The late Nirvana frontman’s sketch is drawn in black felt pen and is captioned: “I don’t know how to play and I don’t give a hoot!”
Cobain, who took his own life aged 27 in 1994, signed the picture, which is drawn on stationary from Singapore’s TNT Music Centre, “Kurdt Kobain Rock Star”.
Image: Cobain on stage with Nirvana in December 1993. Pic: AP/Scott Weiner / MediaPunch /IPX
The artwork has now fetched $281,250 at auction – 28 times its guide price of $10,000 (£7,000).
Cobain had given the drawing to Jacque Chong, a freelance photographer who worked with him during Nirvana’s Nevermind album promotional tour in Singapore in 1992.
The anonymous buyer is a private collector and fan of Cobain, auctioneers said.
Sold during Julien’s Auctions Music Icons three-day event, the drawing was among almost $5m (£3.5m) of memorabilia that went under the hammer, including two guitars made for Prince and five of Eddie Van Halen’s electric guitars.
A glossy red Yamaha Elton John Signature Series C-1 Baby Grand Piano, signed by the singer and including the matching bench, fetched $150,000 (£106,000), while handwritten lyrics by Bernie Taupin for Sir Elton’s 1974 single Candle In The Wind was sold for $76,800 (£54,000).
Handwritten letters from Britney Spears to her high school boyfriend were also auctioned, sold to an anonymous buyer.
And an outfit made famous by Cher – the black jersey and net cut-out bodysuit and matching black motorcycle jacket worn in the music video for the 1989 song If I Could Turn Back Time – was also among the items sold, fetching $115,200 (£81,600).
The outfit has previously been auctioned and a buyer loaned it to Cher so she could wear it while presenting a prize to Lady Gaga at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards.