Treasure trove of rock memorabilia includes Kurt Cobain hair
Guitars from Eddie Van Halen, Eric Clapton and Aerosmith as well as autographed memorabilia from The Beatles and even strands of hair from Kurt Cobain are some of the highlights of an online rock ‘n’ roll auction that ends over the weekend.
Guitars played, partly made by Eddie Van Halen go to auction
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Two guitars owned, played and partly designed by the late Eddie Van Halen will be going up for auction. Both guitars were hand-striped by Van Halen in the familiar style of most of his guitars dating back to the first Van Halen album in 1978. Each of the guitars is expected to fetch between $60,000 and $80,000. The guitar legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer died of cancer on Oct. 6 at age 65. “As we were preparing for our annual ‘Icons & Idols: Rock and Roll’ auction lineup, we were stunned to hear the sad news of Eddie Van Halen’s passing last week,” Julien’s Auction’s president Darren Julien said in a statement.
Kurt Cobain's famous sweater, still unwashed, up for auction
Kurt Cobain wears his green cardigan during the taping of Nirvana's performance on "MTV Unplugged" in November 1993. A sweater once worn by Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, as well as rare items from David Bowie, Elvis Presley, Madonna, and more artists, will be up for auction in New York and online, beginning Oct. 25. Cobain wore the cardigan during Nirvana's 1993 concert on MTV Unplugged in New York. Cobain's custom Fender Mustang, built in Japan because Fender's Custom Shop wasn't equipped to build a left-handed version, is included as well. It's the first time the archive has been opened in more than 50 years, according to the auction company.
Skyline Sessions: Shonen Knife Houston Public Media
Formed in 1981 in Osaka, Japan, Shonen Knife is an acclaimed punk-rock band known for its idiosyncratic songs with positive lyrics centered around animals, food, and fun. Mostly known as a best-kept-secret to underground-rock fans throughout the 80s, the all-female bands music was introduced to new audiences in 1991 when Kurt Cobain invited them to be the opening act for Nirvanas UK tour supporting the album Nevermind. Remarkably, Shonen Knife has released 21 studio albums, the most recent being 2019s Sweet Candy Power. While on a Houston tour stop, the band visited Skyline Sessions to record Buttercup (Im a Super Girl) from the Powerpuff Girls soundtrack, the title single from Sweet Candy Power, and the SK classic Banana Chips.Watch more Skyline SessionsSubscribe to the Skyline Sessions YouTube channelhoustonpublicmedia.org
Kurt Cobain's former Seattle home for sale
SEATTLE - For just $7.5 million, you can own a piece of rock 'n' roll history. Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love bought the Seattle house in January 1994. The current owners acquired the house from US Bank in 2000, according to the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods. It has four bedrooms and four bathrooms with a detached garage and retaining wall that were added in 1999, according to property records. There aren't any interior shots of the home available for the public to view, but the property listing describes it as a "perfectly maintained home of extraordinary presence."