Someone Paid More Than $22,000 for Kurt Cobain’s Used Paper Pizza Plate
I don’t remember ever hearing Kurt Cobain talk about climate change (in those days we still called it “global warming”), but given the kinda guy he was, I think it’s safe to assume that he was an environmentally conscious person. This being the case, we should not be surprised that, according to according to Julien’s Auctions, before playing a 1990 show in Washington, D.C., “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.” Cobain was recycling!
Consequently, I think it’s best to think about the fact that someone kept that very same paper plate for nearly thirty years, and that some else paid $22,400 for that decades-old paper plate, as “silly” or even outright “stupid.” These are people who really care about the environment. They are going to great lengths, literally spending tens of thousands of dollars, to keep that plate off the trash heap. When we start to face massive food shortages and there’s scores of refugees fleeing north and and we get smacked around by increasingly powerful and frequent hurricanes and tsunamis, it shall not be the fault of the fool who couldn’t be bother to get Kurt Cobain a real plate in 1990.
— Juliens Auctions (@JuliensAuctions) May 18, 2019
This got me thinking: is there anyone for whose used paper plate I would pay upwards of twenty grand? (Assuming I had twenty grand to burn and really loathed poor people, I mean.) Dead or alive? And I can’t think of a single goddamn person. Maybe if, like, Derek Riggs had quickly scrawled an early design for Eddie on there or something. At least then it’s a truly one-of-a-kind piece of rock history, and it’s something visual I can display and appreciate, and maybe only have to hear some people ask, “Dude, why do you have a used paper plate frame on your wall?” But that’s still a massive maybe.
And yourselves? Is there anyone, dead or alive, whose used dinner setting should fetch such a high price? Discuss and debate in the comments section.