A cardigan sweater worn by Kurt Cobain during Nirvana’s last photoshoot went for $75,000 this past weekend. Meanwhile, a pizza plate used by the frontman, which sold for $22,400 at the same time. Both items were put up by Julien’s Auctions of Culver City, California,
Before playing a 1990 show in Washington, D.C., “Cobain had eaten some pizza before the show and proceeded to write the set list on the plate he had been eating his pizza on.” Cobain was recycling!
Consequently, I think it’s best to think about the fact that someone kept that very same paper plate for nearly thirty years, and that some else paid $22,400 for that decades-old paper plate, as “silly” or even outright “stupid.”
Is there anyone for whose used paper plate I would pay upwards of twenty grand? (Assuming I had twenty grand to burn and really loathed poor people, I mean.) Dead or alive? And I can’t think of a single goddamn person. Maybe if, like, Derek Riggs had quickly scrawled an early design for Eddie on there or something. At least then it’s a truly one-of-a-kind piece of rock history, and it’s something visual I can display and appreciate, and maybe only have to hear some people ask, “Dude, why do you have a used paper plate frame on your wall?” But that’s still a massive maybe.