Ian Curtis’ Kitchen Table Is On eBay

It’s the stuff of legend now. Only a couple weeks after performing “Ceremony” (which would go on to be New Order’s first single) at the last Joy Division concert, Ian Curtis listened to Iggy Pop’s The Idiot, watched Werner Herzog’s Stroszek (a film that ended with a fair amount of despair and suicide), and hanged himself in his kitchen. Now you can own a part of that legend: Ian Curtis’ kitchen table, which is for sale on eBay. Here’s its story:

May the 18th 1980 Ian Curtis the singer of Joy Division took his own life in the Kitchen of the house he lived in with his wife Debbie at 77 Barton Street.

Debbie Curtis then sold the house and many of its contents to a neighbour Dorothy Smith who then ran it as a B and B.

In 1996 the table was passed to Dorothy’s Daughter Vicky Morgan when she got married and set up home in Macclesfield.

In December 2005 the Morgan’s were redecorating and felt that the table no longer fitted in with their own home. They offered the table back to the family and contacted them via Marco of Joy Division Central.

With the filming of Control taking place in Barton Street and Natalie Curtis arranging the props the table was offered but was declined.

Natalie Curtis, Ian and Debbie’s daughter was then going to take the table for her own flat but in the end decided to have one of her mums instead which belonged to her Grandmother.

At that point it went on Ebay and I travelled to Macclesfield after winning the bid.

Control then went on general release and the Legend Grew.

Included with the Table are confirmation of authenticity from Natalie Curtis, Debbie Curtis, Marco from Joy Division Central and Vicky Morgan. Also there is a four page print from a web site with pics taken inside 77 Barton Street when it was a B and B and a picture of Dorothy Smith.

Check out the auction here (via NME). Bidding is already at £1,550. Note it can be shipped abroad, “but the bidder must arrange packing etc and cost themselves as [seller] cant be arsed.”