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Paper Plate That Once Held Kurt Cobain's Pizza Sells for $22K

Plate with Nirvana set list that Cobain scrawled on the back is 'a piece of history'
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2019 7:15 AM CDT
In this Dec. 13, 1993, file photo, Kurt Cobain performs in Seattle.   (AP Photo/Robert Sorbo, File)

(Newser) – On April 23, 1990, Nirvana's Kurt Cobain enjoyed a slice of pre-show pizza, then scribbled a set list on the back of the paper plate the pizza once sat on. Someone has now purchased that plate, its black-marker scrawl intact, for a whole lot of money. Julien's Auctions announced the plate was sold last week for $22,400 as part of its "Music Icons" auction in New York City, though the auction house had initially speculated the paper product would sell for a maximum of $2,000. The plate came with a promotional flier for the show that night at DC's 9:30 Club, as well as a letter of authenticity signed by Johnny Riggs of THUD, which opened for Nirvana, Fox News reports.

"This is a piece of history," Riggs wrote, noting a handwritten set list penned by Cobain before Nirvana really hit it big was rare. "You don't see many of these anymore." A sweater Cobain wore in his final photo shoot also brought in far more than Julien's thought it would: Estimated to be worth $20,000, the cardigan went for $75,000, per Business Insider. The May 18 auction also hawked items that belonged to Madonna, Prince, and Miley Cyrus, among other celebrities. (For proof Cobain was ahead of his time, read his liner notes.)

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