Store owner Matt Vaughan said he was tidying in the basement when he found the uncashed $26.57 check tucked in a collection of the rock band’s tour itineraries. He had bought the itineraries along with a box of records back in 1993.
“Last week, I was moving some stuff around and guess found a moment of reflection, sat there in the basement and flipped through every page,” he told CNN. “That’s when these thin pieces of paper dropped out.”
Cobain’s royalty check isn’t the only thing Vaughan and his staff have found.
Vaughan pointed out that the money order was wedged in between Cobain’s itineraries from 1992. Over the last few days, Vaughan has been questioning why Cobain would carry an old money order around on tour.
“It’s almost like these were reminders to him — or good luck charms — of harder times of what he had gone through,” said Vaughan, who said he also found a backstage pass with Cobain’s name on it, and a medical bill.
“It also puts things into perspective that he was no different than any of us. We all understand what it’s like to be past due on a doctor bill. We know what it’s like for your landlord to only accept cash. We know what it’s like to have so small of a check that you don’t even want to go into the bank to cash it.”
He’s not just a rock star. He’s a cultural icon.
“He represents more than just our little city,” Vaughan said. “There’s much more to it.”