Auctions are the best way to buy all things weird and wonderful.
If you’re into all things rock ‘n roll, from the bits that make up a good headbang to the parts that the rockstars wear and use, then this fascinating online rock memorabilia auction is where you should be right now.
With only two days left to make a bid before the auction closes on Saturday, Iconic Auctions is selling some impressive features from Nirvana and the Beatles, among others.
Like hair, for example.
Yep, six luscious strands from Kurt Cobain’s noggin, as well as hair from John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix.
Via Sky News, Cobain’s hair was cut by a friend in 1989 and is now up for auction with a minimum bid of $2 500 (around R35 000).
That’s an expensive haircut.
Jimi Hendrix’s locks have a minimum bid of $1 500 (around R21 000), and John Lennon’s will have to sell for at least $750 (around R10 500).
If the hair isn’t doing it for you, you can get your hands on some other Nirvana items, including one of Cobain’s amps and a rare Stratocaster-style guitar signed by the group:
The amp has “Kurt” written faintly in the top right corner and was used by Nirvana during the ’90s, and on the band’s “Live and Loud” video.
The minimum bid is $15 000 [around R211 000] but it could go for more after a guitar Cobain used for his MTV Unplugged show recently sold for $6 million [that’s around R84 million].
The most expensive item that the auction has on sale is a collarless, dark blue jacket custom made for Paul McCartney.
The minimum bid is $25 000 (roughly R350 000):
It’s probably not the kind of thing you’ll wear out and about because it’s just too special:
Tricia Eaton, East Coast consignment director at Iconic Auctions, said the jacket is one of the Beatles’ earliest stage-worn garments ever to come to market and captures the band moving on from jeans and leather jackets.
It is said to have been worn on stage during a six-night run at the Gaumont Theatre in Bournemouth in 1963.
Maybe fans are hoping that means it comes with a smell?
There are a lot more treasures where that came from:
There’s also a copy of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band signed by McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr (with the minimum price at $5 000), and a sheet of handwritten ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ lyrics signed by Bob Dylan (with the minimum price at $15 000).
If that’s not enough, fear not, for there is more.
You can get your hands on band-signed copies of Led Zeppelin II, Queen’s self-titled debut, Bob Marley’s Kaya, Dr Dre’s The Chronic, The Clash’s Give Em’ Enough Rope, and Pink Floyd’s Animals.
Otherwise, if you’re less of a rock fanatic and prefer fancy Victorian things more, then check out this “Welsh Versailles” that’s up for sale in another auction.
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