Punk Deal: Buy The Melvins’ Tour Van, Featuring Kurt Cobain Artwork

Own a piece of music history, as a van used by The Melvins - and featuring a KISS mural drawn by Kurt Cobain - goes on sale on eBay.

The Melvins! Not only are they a great band, they're one of the seminal influencers of the Seattle explosion. Original bassist Matt Lukin went on to found Mudhoney (he was replaced by Shirley Temple's daughter!) and singer Buzz "King Buzzo" Osborne was Kurt Cobain's high school friend who introduced him to Dave Grohl (current Melvins drummer Dale Crover originally drummed with Nirvana). 

That explains why Kurt drew a mural of KISS on the side of a Melvins tour van, which is now on sale at eBay. From the auction description:

1972 Dodge Sportsman Royal Van, better known as the "MELVAN" Featured in many books, Cobain Unseen, Come As You Are  ETC. & Many NIRVANA documentary films. This is a very unique piece of MEVINS/NIRVANA history & 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. (former employer of King Buzzo) This was one of the first MELVINS tour vans & was used on at least one U.S. tour. Kurt himself was often times known to drive this van to local shows, also included are two former registration's, one signed by  Roger Osborne (King Buzzo) & the second signed by former MELVINS bass player Matt Lukin !   Bid High & Bid Often ,this will probably be your one & only chance to own this unique piece of music history !

Apparently the van still has the original plates... which expired in April of 1994, just like Kurt!

The bidding is currently up to $34,000 (and the reserve has not yet been met). It seems to me that the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame or the Seattle Experience Music Museum should buy this thing. This is an incredible piece of history, and as Indiana Jones might say, it belongs in a museum. Or you can gift it to me, if you're one of the rich fatcats who reads this site.