Kurt Cobain’s electric guitar sold for $4.5 million
Los Angeles. Rock star Kurt Cobain’s electric guitar, which he played in his band Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” music video, was auctioned off for about $5 million. Fender at Julian’s auction on May 22, Variety magazine reported Mustang electric guitars were purchased by Jim Irsay Collection in Indianapolis. The guitar was auctioned for approximately $4.5 million, while its original price was estimated at $600,000.
In his last interview with Guitar World, Cobain said that this 1969 guitar was one of his favorite guitars. “I play guitar left-handed and it’s not very easy to find reasonably priced, high-quality guitars that are left-handed,” he said. But out of all the guitars in the whole world, the Fender Mustang is my favorite. I only have two such guitars.
In addition to playing guitar at various concerts, the late singer-songwriter also used it for studio recording sessions for “Nevermind” and “In Utero”. The guitar was previously displayed at Seattle’s “Experience Music Project”, now known as the MOPOP Museum of Pop Culture.
The Cobain family will donate a portion of the proceeds from the auction to Kicking the Stigma – The Erases Initiative, which works to raise awareness of mental health disorders and dispel misconceptions about these diseases.