Fans will remember the guitar from the 1993 MTV Unplugged performance, which was released as a complete album nearly a year later.
An Australian entrepreneur has shattered the record for the most expensive guitar in history after dropping close to $9 million on the acoustic guitar Kurt Cobain used in Nirvana's MTV Unplugged performance.
The sale, which took place in Beverly Hills on Saturday, garnered a ton of interest from musos and collectors alike.
The heftier price tag now attached to Cobain's instrument makes it the most expensive guitar to ever be sold at auction - eclipsing a mark of $3,975,000 United States dollars set previous year in the auction of an equally legendary black Fender Stratocaster from Pink Floyd's David Gilmour. "When I heard that this iconic guitar was up for auction I immediately knew it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to secure it and use it as a vehicle to spotlight the struggles that those in the performing arts are facing and have always faced", the Australian was quoted as saying by Julien's Auctions.
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The item - which had been left with stains intact - went under the hammer in NY in October, and is said to be the most expensive sweater ever sold at auction. The last few months were the straw that broke the camel's back, and for many in the arts brought forth the harsh reality that they work in an industry for which there is little support in times of need.
Cobain was an American singer, songwriter and musician who was born in 1967.
A guitar case with stickers and flyer for Poison Idea's 1990 album Feel The Darkness, two Alaska Airlines Fragile stickers, three Dunlop 60 mm guitar picks, a partial set of Martin & Co. Phosphor Bronze guitar strings and a small black velvet pouch containing silvertone knife, fork and spoon lapel pins each with pinbacks were also included as part of the package.
Just past year, Julien's auctioned Cobain's famed green sweater from the same concert for $340,000, establishing a new record for the most expensive sweater ever sold at auction. The MTV gig really is the gift that keeps on giving.