Kurt Cobain’s medical gown from Nirvana’s 1992 Reading Festival to be auctioned

Kurt Cobain at Reading Festival 1992 © Getty

From Planet Rock.

The hospital gown Kurt Cobain wore for Nirvana’s fabled headline performance at Reading Festival in 1992 is going under the hammer.

In a swipe at media reports about his mental health, Kurt Cobain arrived on stage at Reading Festival 27 years ago in a wheelchair pushed by music journalist Everett True and wearing a medical gown.

The 25-song set is widely perceived as one of Nirvana’s defining moments of their career and in 2009 it was released as a critically-acclaimed live CD and DVD.

Now, the medical gown is up for sale at RR Auction in Boston, Massachusetts and it’s expected to fetch $50,000 (around £38,216).

The gown comes with a letter of authenticity and the auctioneers write:

“Worn as a stunt at the 1992 Reading Festival, bestowed later as a parting gift from Courtney Love to our consignor at the Cobain vigil, this iconic and museum-quality piece represents the Nirvana frontman at his finest and most sardonic, jabbing pointedly at critics and detractors alike while retaining the intensely original showmanship that made him a living legend. A truly remarkable rock and roll keepsake here offered on the 25th anniversary of Cobain’s death.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYAIQRPPu5w

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