Kurt Cobain’s Defaced Guitar Hits Auction Block for Close to $600,000

By: Dan Cooper

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A Wrecked Guitar by Kurt Cobain is Sold for Almost $600,000 At Auction

A guitar belonging to the late Nirvana frontman, Kurt Cobain, has been sold for nearly $600,000, which is over 10 times its estimated value. The black Fender Stratocaster was badly damaged, but has since been reassembled. The auction house, Julien’s Auctions, stated that the instrument is no longer fit to be played. Kody Frederick of Julien’s Auctions told AFP that they expected the guitar to sell for $60,000 at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York.

Despite the initial estimate, the guitar was sold for $595,000, according to Julien’s statement. Cobain’s guitar playing was renowned and he was said to be a machine on stage when he performed. Some of the songs he played include “Come As You Are”, “Lithium” and “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, which became an anthem for a generation of teenagers. Cobain committed suicide in 1994.

Memorabilia from Other Musicians Also Up for Auction

The three-day auction, which runs until Sunday, also includes memorabilia from the careers of other famous musicians. Eddie Van Halen, Elvis Presley, Freddie Mercury, Bill Wyman and Janet Jackson are among those featured. Fans and collectors from all over the world can bid on these items, which are sure to attract high prices.

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