Former Roommate Selling Kurt Cobain’s Skis, Phone On Craigslist


People have been posthumously capitalizing on the late Kurt Cobain since the day he died, but there sure seems to be a lot of it going on in the Pacific Northwest lately, what with the rival Cobain holidays and the sale of his childhood home. This latest item is really scraping the barrel, though: According to Seattle’s Fox affiliate Q13, a man named Alex who claims to be a former roommate of Cobain’s is selling items he says once belonged to Cobain on Craigslist, an inventory that includes a pair of skis, a telephone, and a video game. Alex, who is going by his first name only, allegedly met Cobain while playing in bands around Seattle in the mid-’80s and lived with him first Olympia then again in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Here’s the full text of the post, which is both highly entertaining and, like Aberdeen’s inaugural Kurt Cobain Day, mildly depressing:

Hey Seattle what’s up, I used to live with Kurt Cobain back in the 90s and I have been holding on to a bunch of his stuff that he left in a box when he moved out. He owed us rent and said he would get the box when he came back and gave us money but he never came back, then when he was famous he never really talked to any of us again because courtney never liked us but she’s a dick so no hard felings.

i am sure it would be easy for you to think that this stuff is fake, but i have pictures of kurt with some of it and i have som friends that will talk to you that will say that this is kurts stuff. we lived together in capitol hill and for a short time in olympia, i was in some very popular bands back then but now i am not playing any music anymore, but if anybody reading this wants to jam, let me know heh heh.

some of this stuff is pretty historical as he was using it whem he was signing his first record contracts, like the phone i know i think he used to talk on the phone to people in LA. that is why it is expensive.

the Swatch phone is a twin phone which means that two people can talk on it at the same time, i remember in the commercials that two people would talk on it at the same time, like a girl would listen in while the other girl was talking, it is in really good condition and is $55.

Kurt was learning to skii when i met him, we went to mount baker a few times to hit the slopes, these are his skiis but i do not have the poles or anything. the bindings are pretty loose but they are good skiis, but of course they are a lot cooler because they are kurts. They are $80

This TOMY game is called “kingman” and is kindof like donkey kong. kurt liked to play this game a lot, it is in good condition but there is some corossion near the battery part. it is still cool tho, and you can have it for $25.

I am willing to meet in belltown near the croc or at the sculpture park, but you can also come to my apartment if you are interested in these items. i also have a lot more stuff of kurts, like magazine and clothes that i will be selling off soon. thank you for looking.

Now we understand why the statue is crying.