Kurt Cobain memorial benches in Seattle to be sold at auction

Wood from Viretta Park benches available to purchase

Two park benches in Seattle which have become an unofficial memorial to Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain are up for sale.

The benches are located in Seattle’s Viretta Park, near to the home Cobain was living in when he committed suicide, 20 years ago. The benches are covered in messages from Nirvana fans with dedications to the late frontman also carved into the wooden slats.

In 2008 the scrawled on slats were replaced and the old ones were put into storage. The old marked-up slats are fixed to new frames and up for sale at Hamilton’s Antique & Estate Auctions in Tacoma. At the time of writing, there is 13hrs left to bid on the item, with the current highest bid coming in at $130 (£88).


Meanwhile, a note seemingly written by Cobain prior to his death insulting wife Courtney Love has caused confusion after it was claimed that Love herself wrote the note.

Written on note paper from the Phoenix Hotel in San Francisco, Cobain’s note mocks his marriage vows. The note, initially said to be written by Cobain, reads: “‘Do you Kurt Cobain take Courtney Michelle Love to be your lawful shredded wife. Even when she’s a bitch with zits and siphoning all yr money for doping and whoring.'”

The note was discovered by police in Cobain’s wallet following his suicide in 1994, but was only recently released.