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Look At -- and Help Buy -- Kurt Cobain's Childhood Home

Image courtesy of Michael Lavine (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Michael Lavine (via ABC News Radio)

A Portland journalist is asking Nirvana fans to help buy  Kurt Cobain 's childhood home. The four-bedroom, one bath dwelling in a rundown part of Aberdeen, WA is listed at $500,000 on  realtor.com  -- although its most recent property value assessment was $67,000.

The house is being sold by Kurt Cobain's sister and mother. The Nirvana frontman lived there between the ages of 2 and 9, and then again in his late teenage years.

The journalist,  Jaime Dunkle , tells  SPIN  she wants to purchase the home to turn it into a museum. She's trying to raise $700,000 through fundraising site  GoFundMe  -- the half-million asking price plus $200,000 for expenses. The fundraiser has been live for 18 days and has raised $200 at air time.

Reaction from would-be donors has ranged from "mad love" to "I wouldn't give you 5 cents for that piece of garbage."

Dunkle did get a walk-through of the property and videotaped her tour, which is streaming on  her YouTube channel . The bedroom formerly inhabited by Kurt Cobain seems to be as he left it, with graffiti on the walls, chipped and peeling paint and a dismal view of other rundown houses on the street.

Various rewards are being offered for donations. A kick-in of $15 gets you a one-year membership to the Kurt Cobain Museum, and a $1,000 donation will be rewarded with a lifetime membership and a sleepover in the museum, once it's finished.

Anyone wishing to make a donation can visit GoFundMe.com/KurtCobainMuseum.

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