Nirvana original negatives from Spin Magazine photoshoot and copyright signed original prints, and camera from Greg Watermann on The Philadelphia Globe
Written by Jen Strogatz
Where? Lot #741 at Julien’s Music Icons Auction in Beverly Hills
(The same place that announced their auction of the guitar that Kurt used in Nirvana’s 1993 MTV Unplugged performance… Read about it here)

When? This Friday and Saturday, June 19 and 20th

What? The original film negatives and slides, contact sheets, gallery prints, camera, AND copyrights from Nirvana’s 1992 Spin Magazine cover photo session are all up for auction

1992 Spin Magazine issue of Nirvana - The Philadelphia Globe

Greg Watermann: Rock Photographer

Music photographer Greg Watermann and Julien’s Auctions just joined forces for an unprecedented sale which is currently available as part of Julien’s Music Icons auction. The auction will conclude this Saturday, June 20th. Watermann was the photographer who shot Nirvana for their first major magazine cover, SPIN’s 1992 New Music Issue. This particular issue hit newsstands just as their album Nevermind was replacing Michael Jackson’s Dangerous as the No. 1 album on the Billboard chart.

The package that is up for auction includes one hundred original color slides and black-and-white negatives (every photo that was published plus the outtakes), the original contact sheets, signed analog gallery prints, the Hasselblad camera Watermann used for the shoot, some additional copies of the 1992 magazine and most importantly, full copyright transfer and ownership of all images!

Head here to check out the auction

Kurt Cobain and Nirvana left a lasting impression on the music world that will never be matched. Greg Watermann was one of the few photographers who were there to capture the moment in time with the band for this photoshoot. This camera, negatives, and copyrights that are being sold in our Music Icons auction are likely to be a once in a lifetime opportunity.” – Darren Julien, President/CEO Julien’s Auctions
Greg Watermann's photos of Nirvana and his camera for auction at Julien's auctions in Beverly Hills - on The Philadelphia Globe

The auction will be a two-day event called “Music Icons” and is being held at Julien’s Auctions this Friday and Saturday, June 19-20 at 10am PST.

For more information on the auction and how to register and place bids go to

Speaking of Nirvana, yesterday was the 31st birthday of their debut studio album, Bleach. Bleach was released on June 15, 1989 by Sub Pop. In honor of that, please enjoy these funny Nirvana moments that we found on YouTube…