Ian Curtis Handwritten School Poem Goes Up for Auction

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 10.31.14 in News

For the Joy Division fan who has everything, new Ian Curtis memorabilia is on the auction block. Last year, a kitchen table that once belonged to the legendary post-punk group’s late frontman sold on eBay for £1,120 (about $1,800). Now, a handwritten poem from Curtis’s ’60s schoolboy days is available at TracksAuction.com, as Dangerous Minds notes.

The poem, described as written around 1966 or 1967, is alongside other children’s writing in a school book called Our Book of Epitaphs. Other than the morbid theme, which must’ve been assigned, Curtis’s work shows little trace of the tightly coiled lyricism he would later put on display on the albums Unknown Pleasures and Closer; his entry reads: “An Epitaph for an Electrian (sic), Here lies Fred the electrian (sic), who went on a very fateful mission, he got a shock when tampering with a fuse, which went from his head right down to his shoes, by I. Curtis.” Good thing he wised up and didn’t leave us with a dance-to-the-radio song called “Transmion (sic),” right?

The book’s owner went to school with Curtis and includes a letter with the item. The bidding starts at £1,000. Those with less spare change and a desire to see handwritten Curtis writings more recent than student juvenilia may want to check out the new book So This Is Permanence. And souvenir hoarders, be extra sure that old school chum isn’t admitted Curtis autograph forger (and recent Twitter feuder) Peter Hook.

Joy Division, Ian Curtis, poem

Joy Division, Ian Curtis, poem, auction