Kurt Cobain’s MTV Unplugged guitar up for auction for a million dollars | The music

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The guitar used by Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain during the famous MTV Unplugged concert in New York went under the hammer, with a starting estimate of $ 1 million (£ 810,000).

The 1959 Martin D-18E appeared in the performance of the grunge group in November 1993, five months before Cobain’s death at the age of 27.

Nirvana’s Unplugged performance remains one of the group’s best known, while the accompanying album is widely acclaimed.

The guitar is the main title of the Music Icons event to be hosted by Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills in June.

Darren Julien, president of the auction house, said: “Julien’s Auctions is proud to offer this historic guitar from Kurt Cobain, which has shaken up the music industry and pop culture at large with his legendary performance facing Nirvana on MTV Unplugged in New York.

“This important guitar has earned its rightful place in the history of rock’n’roll as an instrument played by one of the most influential rock musicians and icons in one of the greatest and the most memorable of all time. “

Cobain’s guitar comes with the original hard case decorated by the singer-songwriter with a brochure from the 1990 album by punk rock group Poison Idea Feel the Darkness.

Three stubs for baggage claim are attached to the handle, as well as an Alaska Airlines sticker affixed to the case. The storage compartment contains the half-used Cobain guitar string pack, picks and a suede “storage bag”.

In addition to the Unplugged guitar, the Music Icons sale will feature other lots of Nirvana, including a Fender Strat used by Cobain during the 1994 In Utero tour and the silver lamé shirt he wore in the Heart video. -Shaped Box of the group.

Last year, the cardigan he wore during the Unplugged performance was sold by Julien’s Auctions for a record $ 334,000.

The music icon auction will take place live and online in Beverly Hills on June 19-20.

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