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Seattle record store finds Kurt Cobain's personal items hidden in basement

Rent receipt, medical bill, royalty check found belonging to Nirvana frontman

Seattle record store finds Kurt Cobain's personal items hidden in basement

Rent receipt, medical bill, royalty check found belonging to Nirvana frontman

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Seattle record store finds Kurt Cobain's personal items hidden in basement

Rent receipt, medical bill, royalty check found belonging to Nirvana frontman

The owner of Seattle’s Easy Street Records came upon an incredible find while cleaning his shop’s basement — a royalty check and other paperwork belonging to the late rock legend Kurt Cobain. Owner Matt Vaughan said that he made the discovery while going through a collection of Nirvana’s tour itineraries that he purchased in 1993, shortly before the musician's death the following year. "Last week, I was moving some stuff around and guess found a moment of reflection, sat there in the basement and flipped through every page," he told CNN. "That's when these thin pieces of paper dropped out."Among them were some of Cobain’s personal documents, including a doctor’s bill, a backstage pass bearing his name, a royalty check for $26.57 from March 1991 and a receipt for a $177 money order for his September 1990 rent. The royalty check, dated just seven months before the release of of Nirvana’s "Nevermind," is worth the equivalent of around $50 today. That’s really not a lot — but then his inflation-adjusted rent also only comes to about $350. These days, the median rental price for a Seattle one-bedroom is more than $2,000. Vaughan told CNN that the personal documents from 1990 and 1991 were found between pages of Cobain’s 1992 tour itinerary, which suggests that the singer and songwriter may have held onto the paperwork while touring behind his hit album "Nevermind.""It's almost like these were reminders to him — or good luck charms — of harder times of what he had gone through," Vaughan told CNN. "It also puts things into perspective that he was no different than any of us. We all understand what it's like to be past due on a doctor bill. We know what it's like for your landlord to only accept cash. We know what it's like to have so small of a check that you don't even want to go into the bank to cash it."

The owner of Seattle’s Easy Street Records came upon an incredible find while cleaning his shop’s basement — a royalty check and other paperwork belonging to the late rock legend Kurt Cobain.

Owner Matt Vaughan said that he made the discovery while going through a collection of Nirvana’s tour itineraries that he purchased in 1993, shortly before the musician's death the following year.

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"Last week, I was moving some stuff around and guess found a moment of reflection, sat there in the basement and flipped through every page," he told CNN. "That's when these thin pieces of paper dropped out."

Among them were some of Cobain’s personal documents, including a doctor’s bill, a backstage pass bearing his name, a royalty check for $26.57 from March 1991 and a receipt for a $177 money order for his September 1990 rent. The royalty check, dated just seven months before the release of of Nirvana’s "Nevermind," is worth the equivalent of around $50 today. That’s really not a lot — but then his inflation-adjusted rent also only comes to about $350. These days, the median rental price for a Seattle one-bedroom is more than $2,000.

Vaughan told CNN that the personal documents from 1990 and 1991 were found between pages of Cobain’s 1992 tour itinerary, which suggests that the singer and songwriter may have held onto the paperwork while touring behind his hit album "Nevermind."

"It's almost like these were reminders to him — or good luck charms — of harder times of what he had gone through," Vaughan told CNN. "It also puts things into perspective that he was no different than any of us. We all understand what it's like to be past due on a doctor bill. We know what it's like for your landlord to only accept cash. We know what it's like to have so small of a check that you don't even want to go into the bank to cash it."