Kurt Cobain's MTV Unplugged Guitar sells for $6 Million

Kurt Cobain

Among the other Nirvana items that were up for auction this weekend were the remains of a guitar Cobain smashed in concert, the shirt Cobain wore in the "Heart Shaped Box" video, a signed Bleach CD, a typed set list for MTV Unplugged in NY, lyric sheets, handwritten lyrics to "Oh Me", correspondence from Nirvana's management company and an issue of their Lowest Common Denominator newsletter.

A guitar played by Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain in a rare acoustic concert has sold for a record U.S. $6 million.

The winning bidder was Australian Peter Freedman, co-founder of Rode Microphones, who was present at the Saturday auction.

As noted by the representatives of Julien, the lot went for 6,01 million dollars, thus, this guitar was the most expensive ever sold at auction.

Cobain's guitar also outsold historic instruments including the Fender Stratocaster played by Jimi Hendrix at the 1969 Woodstock festival, and the Gibson guitar which John Lennon used to write the Beatles' early hits.

Mr Freedman plans to display the guitar in a worldwide exhibition tour, taking the instrument to galleries and art spaces with all proceeds going to the performing arts. In addition to the November 18, 1993 MTV performance, Cobain used the guitar on several U.S. shows in the fall of 1993 and one show overseas in Milan, Italy in February 1994.

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The D-18E is a rare guitar on its own, in production for just two years (1958-1959) and only 302 were produced in total. It was then modified by his tech, Earnie Bailey, to accommodate Cobain's needs as a left-handed player.

He said: "It's a big deal".

Three baggage claim ticket stubs are attached to the handle, along with an Alaska Airlines sticker affixed to the case and the storage compartment contains Cobain's half-used pack of guitar strings, picks and a suede "stash bag". I didn't even buy it for me.

The acoustic performance Nirvana for MTV Unplugged on November 18 1993, is now considered one of the greatest live performances in history.

This guitar was the most expensive guitar sold to date.

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