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Kurt Cobain’s Used Pizza Plate Selling for $22,400 at Auction Is the Least Grunge Thing Possible

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Kurt Cobain’s handwritten set list on a paper plate
Kurt Cobain’s handwritten set list on a paper plate
Jaya Saxena is a Correspondent at, and the series editor of Best American Food and Travel Writing. She explores wide ranging topics like labor, identity, and food culture.

It’s grunge to spend thousands of dollars on a grease-soaked paper plate, right?

Auction house Julien’s imagined that a paper plate used by Kurt Cobain in 1990 would be valuable, estimating the item would sell from between $1,000-$2,000. But no, someone decided the artifact of grunge and grease was worth $22,400. To be fair, it isn’t just a paper plate—it contains the set list for Nirvana’s performance in Washington, D.C. on April 23, 1990. “Cobain had eaten some pizza before the show and proceeded to write the set list on the plate he had been eating his pizza on,” writes Julien’s.

It sounds like a good set, with “In Bloom” and “Polly” making appearances. And what could be more anti-consumerist, anti-establishment than spending more than a year’s salary for someone earning federal minimum wage on disposable dinnerware? Fight the power! [Vice]

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