Kurt Cobain's childhood home is up for sale - but will it become a museum?
A group of Nirvana supporters led by the journalist Jaime Dunkle have launched a campaign to turn frontman Kurt Cobain's childhood home in Washington into a museum. The fans hope to raise $700,000 to purchase and convert the bungalow, which was recently listed for sale. However, after almost three weeks the crowd-funding campaign has attracted only $135 in donations.
Kurt Cobain with Nirvana
"[I'm] confident it's only a matter of time before people start donating," Dunkle told the Palm Beach New Times, explaining that donators will be eligible for prizes including museum memberships, t-shirts and "a pair of tickets to the sold-out Die Antwoord show in Portland".
Dunkle has no museum experience or major investors though she is keen to keep Cobain's former home out of "the clutches of capitalist greed."
The relator selling the property for Cobain's mother recently allowed Dunkle to visit the site, where she shot a handheld video showing Led Zeppelin and Iron Maiden logos on Kurt's bedroom wall.
"Being inside was a total head spin," she said. "As I wandered around, looking in closets, I imagined him as a teen, crouched inside, scribbling in his diaries or making sketches . All I could think was that I was seeing through his eyes and walking in his footsteps."
The house, around 100 miles from Seattle, was a home to Cobain from the age of two to nine and again in his late teens.
"We've decided to sell the home to create a legacy for Kurt," his sister, Kim Cobain, said in a statement about the sale. "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 committed suicide in Seattle in 1994.