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Courtney Love's house up for sale
Courtney Love
Love is the former singer with the rock band Hole
A house owned by singer Courtney Love is to be auctioned because she failed to keep up with mortgage payments.

A foreclosure notice has been placed on the house in Washington state, which will be sold unless Love pays $368,000 (212,000) owed to a mortgage company.

The property will be auctioned on 6 January, according to court documents.

Love bought the property in 1997, three years after the death of husband Kurt Cobain. Her sister currently lives in the house.

Sgt Dan McLendon, of the Thurston County sheriff's department, said "no inquiries" had been received for the property to date.

Court case

He added: "When I first got the foreclosure order, everybody raised a big stink and I was scratching my head trying to figure out who Courtney Love was. It took a while to figure it out."

The 13-acre property, near Olympia, the state capital of Washington, was built over 100 years ago by a lumber baron.

Last month, Love was allowed to leave a live-in drug rehabilitation centre which she had been ordered to attend in September for violating her probation by using drugs.

She was allowed to leave early, having originally been ordered to stay for 180 days

The judge presiding over her case praised her efforts to beat drug and alcohol addiction.

Love must still have regular drug and alcohol checks while serving probation for drug offences and attacking a woman with a bottle.

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