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Tuesday 16 October 2018

Kurt Cobain’s mother, sisters, daughter to attend opening of exhibition of his clothing, drawings and car at Museum of Style Icons in Kildare

The jumper he wore in Smells Like Teen Spirit is among the items being exhibited next month

Music legend Kurt Cobain Photo: Frank Micelotta
Music legend Kurt Cobain Photo: Frank Micelotta
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Kurt Cobain cover
Nirvana.
Kurt Cobain and Nirvana play their first concert in the basement of Tony Poukkula's home in 1987
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Kurt Cobain of Nirvana (right) with wife Courtney Love and daughter Frances Bean Cobain at the Universal Ampitheater
'Kurt did love her. The film shows that' - Dave Grohl, Frances Bean, Kurt Cobain, and Krist Novoselic at the MTV Video Awards in 1993. Photo: Getty
'We got to the last shot of 'Unplugged', and I just removed myself, walked into a bathroom and collapsed - deep, deep crying' - Kurt performs on 'MTV Unplugged' in November 1993. Photo: Getty

By Michael McHugh, Press Association

Unseen items from the life of former Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain are to go on display for the first time at an Irish museum.

A sweater worn by Cobain in the video of his greatest hit, Smells Like Teen Spirit, will be among the priceless exhibits on show next month.

The only known car Kurt Cobain owned will be housed at the Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge, near Dublin in Co Kildare (Bendigo Communications courtesy of the Cobain family)
The only known car Kurt Cobain owned will be housed at the Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge, near Dublin in Co Kildare (Bendigo Communications courtesy of the Cobain family)

Drawings, clothing, hand-written lyrics and the only known car he owned will be housed at the Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge, near Dublin in Co Kildare.

He took his own life in 1994 aged 27 and was discovered at his Seattle home.

The opening of the Growing Up Kurt Cobain Exhibition will be attended by the singer’s mother Wendy O’Connor, sisters Kim Cobain and Olivia O’Connor and daughter Frances Bean Cobain and is intended to celebrate his Irish heritage.

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(Bendigo Communications courtesy of the Cobain family)

Frances Bean Cobain said: “I am so thrilled to participate and support my family as they honour their brother and son at The Museum of Style Icons in Ireland.

“I have always been the most intimately informed of who my father was by my grandmother and aunts.

“I am so ecstatic that their view of who Kurt was gets to be celebrated with Nirvana fans the world over.”

The grunge band has sold millions of albums worldwide.

Other items on display next month include an MTV Video award for Smells Like Teen Spirit and a powder-blue 1965 Dodge Charger vehicle.

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(Bendigo Communications courtesy of the Cobain family)

Cobain’s ancestors emigrated to the US from Carrickmore, County Tyrone, in 1875.

William Doyle, owner of the museum, said: “These items have never previously been seen by the public and it’s an incredible honour to be a part of this amazing exhibition.

“We have handled exhibitions of Michael Jackson, Cher, Prince and many other music and fashion icons and we expect this exhibition of Kurt’s life to be one of our greatest exhibitions curated by our museum.”

Press Association

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