Kurt Cobain’s ‘favorite’ guitar in Smells Like Teen Spirit video for sale | Entertainment
Kurt Cobain’s guitar from the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” music video is expected to fetch between $600,000 and $800,000 at auction.
The late Nirvana frontman’s 1969 left-handed Fender Mustang in Lake Placid Blue is set to go under the hammer at Julien’s Auctions’ three-day Music Icons sale, May 20-22 at New York’s Hard Rock Cafe.
Online offers will also be welcome.
Speaking in an interview in 1991, the year the iconic promo was released, Kurt hailed the guitar as his “favorite”.
He said, “I’m left-handed and it’s not very easy to find high-quality left-handed guitars at a reasonable price.
“But of all the guitars in the world, the Fender Mustang is my favorite.”
Auction CEO Julian commented: “[It is] one of the most culturally and historically significant guitars in not only the legacy of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana, but in the entire history of rock music.
“It is rare that personal items of Kurt Cobain with this incredible and unprecedented provenance from his life and career are available for public sale.”
A number of items belonging to the Grunge icon – who killed himself aged 27 in April 1994 – are also being sold.
Including, his sky blue 1965 Dodge Dart and that of his widow Courtney Love Cobain, with its original license plates, which have an estimate of $400,000 and $600,000.
The vehicle remained in the family, with the singer Hole’s sister buying the automobile from him after Kurt’s death.
Other items up for grabs include Kurt’s drawing of Michael Jackson and tour and airline passes.
In 2020, Kurt’s acoustic guitar from Nirvana’s iconic 1993 performance “MTV Unplugged in New York” sold for a record $6 million at auction.
The instrument ended up breaking the record for the most expensive guitar sold.
The bundle came with the guitar case used by Kurt, which bears a poster of Poison Idea’s “Feel the Darkness” album, while inside are a bunch of guitar strings, picks and a “hidden” bag.
Meanwhile, a cardigan owned by Kurt was also auctioned off in 2019 for $334,000.