Published March 06, 2012
SEATTLE -- A broken-down brown and cream-colored van that is covered in graffiti and has not been moved since 1998 is attracting the interest of grunge music fans after being listed for sale on eBay.
The "Melvan," one of the first touring vans of Seattle band The Melvins, features a sketch on the side of rock band KISS that was drawn by grunge rocker and Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.
Cobain was an acquaintance of the band.
By Monday night, the 1972 Dodge Sportsman Royal had received 38 bids, pushing its price to $10,300 with a week to go in the online auction.
The seller described the van as "a very unique piece of Melvins/Nirvana history" and "truly one of a kind."
"The KISS mural on the side was hand drawn by Kurt Cobain using sharpie markers shoplifted from the Thriftway grocery store in Montesano, Washington," the listing claims.
"Kurt himself was often times known to drive this van to local shows."
The seller also said the van was last driven in 1998 on a "short trip around the block."
"I would not trust it on any sort of road trip, ironically, the license tabs expired April of 94, how crazy is that?" the seller added.
Cobain committed suicide on April 5, 1994, at the age of 27.