Kurt Cobain's Iconic Hospital Gown From Nirvana's Reading Festival Set Is Up For Auction

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8 March 2019

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It's a set that's the stuff of legend.

And now, you can own a part of it.

Legendary band Nirvana were rumoured to have bailed on their 1992 Reading Festival set, but instead delivered one of their most iconic performances ever.

Part of what made the set so memorable was the late frontman Kurt Cobain's choice of attire, a hospital gown.

More than 25 years later, the gown is up for sale, and is expected to fetch more than $70,000 AUD.

The gown was a response to the media at the time, as rumours were surrounding Cobain's drug use - with many outlets speculating that Nirvana would be no-shows.

Cobain was rolled out to start the set in a wheelchair, hamming it up for the crowd before launching into the ferocious 25-song set.

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Dave Grohl spoke about the Reading set to Kerrang! magazine last year, saying “I remember showing up to Reading ’92 and there being so many rumours that we weren’t going to play, that we had canceled,” recalled Grohl.

“I walked backstage and some of my best friends in bands that were opening would see me and say, ‘What are you doing here?’ And I’d go, ‘We’re f*cking headlining!’

And they’d be like, ‘You’re actually going to play?!’ I didn’t realis
e there was any question that we were going to play.”

Looking to purchase your own slice of history? You can bid on the gown here.

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