DescriptionKurt Cobain's Personally Owned, Stage and Screen-Worn Wristwatch. It was the only watch Kurt Cobain wore, according to good friend and legendary Babes in Toyland singer Kat Bjelland. That being said, Cobain undoubtedly wore the watch on that heartbreaking day in April, 1994, the day he died. In fact, the electrician who discovered the tragic scenario, Gary Smith, initially thought Cobain's body was a mannequin... until he saw a few details, including Cobain's watch.
He wore it everywhere: during the taping of the 1993 Nirvana Unplugged album and video, in Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box" music video, in multiple press photos with his bandmates, even in random candid shots, the watch is ever-present.
Kurt's odd little black timepiece carries with it a touching and fascinating provenance. The aforementioned Kat Bjelland was given the watch within days of Cobain's funeral as a memento of her longtime friend (as a gift from his wife Courtney). According to Bjelland, it stopped ticking one week after Kurt's death. She chose to leave the watch unrepaired.
A notarized letter from Bjelland detailing events leading up to and after her acquisition of the piece accompanies the lot, and though it's missing part of the wrist band, the watch is in good shape considering its history. Greenish oxidation, a typical result of sweat, is present on the back and a tiny rhinestone (which once sat at the 12 hour) has been shaken loose within the frame of the face.
In the end, an entire generation was touched by Cobain's music and persona, both of which are emulated to this day -- fans young and old simply want to feel a connection to the iconic musician. And if anything represents the iconic artist and all-too-brief time with us, this is it.
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