read an unearthed 1992 letter from a furious kurt cobain threatening to break up nirvana

The two-page letter, penned after a 'Vanity Fair' article accusing Courtney Love of using heroin while pregnant, is expected to fetch $30,000 at auction next month.

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Apr 25 2016, 3:20pm

These days any handwritten letter feels high in sentimental if not monetary value. But an especially angry message written by one of the most infamous late musicians in the world at the height of his fame is definitely worth a tidy sum. $30,000, to be precise. That's what this letter Kurt Cobain wrote to David Geffen in 1992, one year post-release of Nirvana's landscape-shifting album Nevermind, is expected to fetch when it goes up for auction next month, reports The Daily Mail. Furious over a Vanity Fair article that suggested Courtney Love was continuing to use heroin while pregnant with their now-23-year-old child Frances Bean, Cobain penned a scrawling two-page letter to the head of his record label DGC in which he threatened to break up the band. "Fuck Nirvana," he wrote, before making a rather heartfelt profession of love for his family: "We are capable of displaying a healthy attitude before our audience and the next record is easily as good as the last one, but I'm so extremely pissed off about this piece of trash journalism that I'll lay anything on the line for the love of my wife and daughter."

In response, Geffen faxed the musician, "Kurt, I know that you are upset about the recent article on Courtney and the attacks made on her character. I sympathize with what you're going through and how it can affect you. The press have a way of sabotaging your privacy. The thing you have to remember is that these things pass and people quickly forget about articles of this type. You just have to let your life go on."

Read the full letter below. 

"Dear David Geffen,

Hi my name is Kurt Cobain, Im the lead singer, guitar, and songwriter for the band NIRVANA. Supposedly, I've made your company a lot of money. Oh well, it never was a goal of mine to be part of the mainstream corporate world, but once I entered it I realized that there are other employees especially at DGC who are as honest and sincere about music and have basically the same values as I have. I've never met you I guess because Ive never wanted to. Kind of a big boss phobia of mine but something so severely defremating [sic] towards my family has come up in an article in Vanity Fair that has forced me to decide on breaking up my band. The article suggests that Courtney and I have been taking heroin continuously throughout her pregnancy which is not true. Courtney found out she was pregnant within the first month of our drug binge. She stopped using and has since been visiting Danny Goldberg's pediatrician on a regular basis. The doctors prognosis is that our child is in excellent health and theres no need to worry about anything. But this article has outright accused my wife of all kinds of hideously vile things to the point where Ive never seen such a crucifixion in a magazine. The woman's entire objective was to harm Courtney and now after you read the article (I hope) something may be done about it. You may not even be aware that Courtney's band Hole is also on DGC. They are a very important band to be heard especially my wife's openness and embrace of women's rights and homosexuality. This person who wrote the article Lynn Hirschberg must have her karma broken. Some way. Its either her or me. I love my wife and soon to be new daughter too much to let everyones low opinions of us ruin our lives together. I am now in rehab going on 18 days and Im really looking forward to having a family at this point fuck NIRVANA. Ive never admitted to using drugs in articles because I don't want my fans to do the same. We are capable of displaying a healthy attitude before our audience and the next record is easily as good as the last one, but Im so extremely pissed off about this piece of trash journalism that I'll lay anything on the line for the love of my wife and daughter.

Sincerely Kurt Cobain."

It will go under the hammer on May 21 at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York, via Julien's Auctions. 

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Text Hannah Ongley
Photography Ron Galella via Getty Images