The macabre piece of pop history has a £100 reserve
The kitchen table formerly owned Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis is up for sale on eBay.
The item is listed with a £100 reserve price, which has not yet been met. The seller is supplying the wooden table with various items of supporting documentation, which the seller says includes emails and correspondence with Curtis’ daughter Natalie, Curtis’ widow Debbie and the daughter of Curtis’ former neighbour, who sold the table eight years ago.
The listing explains that the table was sold along with the house at 77 Barton Street, Macclesfield, following Curtis’ suicide in 1980. The table, a prop version of which is pictured in the biopic Control, was a fixture in the room in which Curtis took his life.
The seller goes on to say that Debbie Curtis sold the house and much of its contents to a neighbour, Dorothy Smith, who operated the property as a bed and breakfast until 1996, when Smith’s daughter, Vicky Morgan, took up residency. It was Morgan who sold the table to the seller in 2005, after the makers of Control and Curtis’ daughter Natalie both declined the offer of owning it.
The seller writes: “Clearly this table is a unique item and I have put a reserve on the Table which I think reflects its true worth. If it doesn’t sell I will merely keep it.”
The seller is open to overseas bidders but notes that they “must arrange packing etc and cost themselves as I can’t be arsed”.