Juliana Hatfield has revealed she is considering selling a letter sent to her by Kurt Cobain the year before he died.
The former Blake Babies singer says she will “consider any offer of at least $20,000” (£13,800) for the handwritten letter, which Cobain wrote after the pair met briefly for the first and only time, backstage after Nirvana’s New York gig in 1993.
“As Kurt says, and apologizes for, in the letter, there were a lot of people backstage, all wanting a little of Kurt’s attention – wanting to shake his hand, say hello – and the basement dressing room was very small. It was a cramped, noisy scene,” Hatfield writes in an essay about her decision to sell the letter published on The Talkhouse.
“There wasn’t really much time or space to focus on having a conversation. But Kurt was very gracious and respectful to me in those brief few minutes, and I was glad to have finally met him.”
In the essay, Hatfield explains that after holding onto the letter for 23 years, she now feels compelled to sell it because of her high living costs in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which she describes as “one of the most expensive cities in the United States”.
“The historical and personal detail in the letter makes it valuable as an artifact (sic),” she writes. “So, regardless of whether or not I will be remembered by rock history, I still believe there must be someone out there – some rich, rabid Nirvana fanatic – willing to pony up for this rare, one-of-a-kind, touched-by-Kurt document.”
“And if you are interested in buying the letter, I will consider any offer of at least $20,000,” she continues. “Because I have rent to pay. But I won’t give it up for any less than that. And even then, I still might decide, at the last minute, to keep it.”
Meanwhile, a guitar played by Kurt Cobain on Nirvana’s final US tour is expected to fetch around £100,000 in an online auction.