A tour van formerly used by MELVINS and featuring exterior artwork by late NIRVANA frontman Kurt Cobain is currently up for sale on eBay.
Known as the “Melvan,” the 1972 Dodge Sportsman Royal Van served as the main vehicle for the band through many of their touring days.
The eBay listing describes 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 (former employer of King Buzzo). This was one of the first MELVINS tour vans and 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 registrations, one signed by Roger Osborne (King Buzzo) and the second signed by former MELVINS bass player Matt Lukin! Bid high and bid often, this will probably be your one and only chance to own this unique piece of music history!”
NIRVANA bassist Krist Novoselic learned about the auction and tweeted his thoughts about it, writing, “If my ’65 VW van I drove in ’89 – ’91 was for sale, I’d buy it in a second!” He added, “I remember the Melvan. It had mechanical problems even in the ’80s. Gas was like 99 [cents] back then so having poor mpg [miles per gallon] not so bad.”
According to Rolling Stone, the van is being sold by Ben Berg, the bassist for the group WEIRD BEAST, who has had the van since 1992. Berg told the magazine, “I think Kurt‘s name is carved somewhere in the van, as well. I don’t know the exact location. I know that Krist Novoselic‘s name is carved in there. Dale Crover‘s name from the MELVINS is carved in there.”
He added: “It’s on eBay reserved at $150,000. If it’s somebody with money right now that wants to contact me, I would let it go for like, $135,000.”
The auction ends on March 13 and the winner must pick up the van from Montesano, Washington.