Smashed Kurt Cobain guitar smashes auction estimates

Kurt Cobain’s smashed Fender Stratocaster guitar sold for $595,900 (£479,496) at an auction in New York, fetching more than 10 times the original estimate.

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The guitar was smashed in the early ’90s, while Nirvana were making their classic Nevermind album. It’s now been reassembled, although it remains unplayable. 

Cobain signed the guitar, along with fellow Nirvana members Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl. It also features an inscription by Cobain to Mark Lanegam, the late lead singer of Screaming Trees, who was given the guitar in 1992.

A handwritten, 1991 setlist from the band’s debut performance of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ sold for over $50,000 at the same auction.

Estimates for the guitar were not much higher, but were blown out of the water at the auction held at New York’s Hard Rock Cafe.

Despite surpassing expectations, it pales in comparison to the guitar Kurt Cobain played during Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged acoustic performance in 1993, which sold for $6 million two years ago.

The MTV concert came just five months before Cobain’s death at the age of 27.

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