Kurt Cobain's childhood home up for sale

Cobain's family have increased the asking price due to the house's legacy

Daisy Wyatt
Thursday 24 October 2013 13:22
Kurt Cobain's family home in Washington state
Kurt Cobain's family home in Washington state

Kurt Cobain's childhood home in the US state of Washington has been put on the market by his family.

The Nirvana frontman's mother Wendy O'Connor put the one-and-a-half storey bungalow, located southwest of Seattle in Aberdeen, up for sale this week.

The home, which was last valued at less than $67,000 (£42,000), is being listed for $500,000 (£313,000).

To help sell it, the family is offering a look into the musician's early life through photographs taken at the house.

One shows the young Cobain with a birthday cake with chocolate icing. In another he is sat in a large wooden chair playing a piano.

His room still features his alleged adolescent scrawlings: the bands Iron Maiden and Led Zeppelin are stencilled onto the walls.

The garage of the house is where Cobain and Krist Novoselic, the bassist and co-founder of Nirvana, used to practise when they first formed a band in the late 1980s.

The house is near to the Kurt Cobain Riverfront Park, which is dedicated to the late star.

His family have said they would welcome a partnership to make the home into a museum.

Kim Cobain, Cobain's sister, said: "We've decided to sell the home to create a legacy for Kurt, and yes, there are some mixed feelings since we have all loved the home and it carries so many great memories.

"But our family has moved on from Washington, and (we) feel it's time to let go of the home."

Cobain lived in the bungalow from when he was a few months old until he was nine, when his parents separated.

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He lived there again from the age of 16 until he was about 20 with his mother Wendy.

The singer killed himself in April 1994, aged 27, after struggling with heroin addiction.

This month marks the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s final studio album, In Utero, which came out in September 1993.

A young Kurt Cobain plays the piano in his childhood home

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