- The Washington Times - Friday, October 13, 2017

A Blockbuster Video membership card issued to late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain is among an assortment of unique rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia being sold by a Los Angeles auction house next month.

Julien’s Auctions said it expects interested buyers will bid up to $600 for Cobain’s antiquated Blockbuster card — one of several rare Nirvana items up for grabs during its “Icons & Idols: Rock-n-Roll” auction on Nov. 4.

The membership card was issued by the since-shuttered Blockbuster Video location at 1508 North Orange Grove in Hollywood, about 1.5 miles away from the singer’s former Los Angeles apartment, and bears the name “Kurt D. Cobain,” according to the listing. Its being sold in tandem with a plastic wallet insert containing two scraps of paper, either one listing the contact information for Nirvana’s former management company and accounting firm, Julien’s said.

The items were provided by a relative of Cobain, who committed suicide in 1994 in Seattle. He was 27.

A cache of Cobain’s other belongings going under the hammer next month include the MTV Video Music Award “Moonman” trophy he received in 1992 after Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” won the award for Best New Artist in a Video, several signed sketches and a couple of vintage trench coats, among other items.

“It’s very rare that anything comes up from him and anything that does sells hugely,” Julien’s auctioneer Martin Nolan told British media last month when several of the items being sold went on display at The Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge, Ireland.

Blockbuster memorabilia, on its part, isn’t entirely commonplace anymore, either. The video rental giant operated more than 9,000 locations at its peak, including 3,755 in 1994, the year of Cobain’s death. Viacom bought the company that year for $8.4 billion, but Blockbuster struggled to survive past the turn of the century and shuttered its few hundred remaining stories in 2014.

Cobain wasn’t regarded as a movie buff, by any means, but once identified his favorite films as “Paris, Texas,” “Over the Edge” and Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window.” He reportedly saw “The Piano” the day before committing suicide.

Over 500 items in all are being sold through Julien’s “Icons & Idols: Rock-n-Roll” auction next month, including Frank Zappa’s former coffee table and a microphone used on stage by Jim Morrison of The Doors.

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