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I was reported in September that the Aberdeen, Washington home where Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain lived intermittently until he was 20 was up for sale. Now, journalist Jaime Dunkle is trying to raise $700,000 to purchase the house in the hopes of turning it into a Kurt Cobain museum.
While it was assessed at a value of US$67,000, Cobain’s mother, Wendy O’Connor, and sister Kim Cobain, have listed the four-bedroom house with an asking price of US$500,000 (about AUD$535,000). At the time, O’Connor said she hoped the house would be turned into a museum.
“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 [state], and [we] feel it’s time to let go of the home,” she said in a statement.
As SPIN reports, Portland journalist Dunkle is hoping to make O’Connor’s wishes a reality and has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise the necessary capital. At the moment, things are looking somewhat bleak. The campaign is currently 18 days old and has only managed to raise $135.00.
“We’re making sure this house is memorialized by us fans so it doesn’t end up in the clutches of capitalist greed. This museum will reflect the anti-commercialism spirit of Nirvana,” writes Dunkle on the page. Among the rewards are tickets to a Die Antwoord show for a donation of $300.
“It took weeks of phone calls and emails, but I successfully set up an appointment to see the house. I deliberately arranged it to be on what would have been Kurt Cobain’s 47th birthday,” Dunkle told the Broward-Palm Beach New Times. Readers can check out a video of her visit below.
Watch: Jaime Dunkle Visits Kurt Cobain’s Childhood Home