KURT COBAIN’S GUITAR SELLS FOR $6 MILLION
The guitar that rock icon Kurt Cobain played during his legendary 1993 MTV Unplugged performance sold for a record $6 million.
BEVERLY HILLS: Grunge became gold on Saturday as the guitar Kurt Cobain played on Nirvana’s 1993 MTV Unplugged performance months before his death sold for an eye-popping $6 million at auction.
The 1959 Martin D-18E that Cobain played in the band’s rare acoustic performance and subsequent live album was sold to Australian Peter Freedman, owner of Røde Microphones, at the Music Icons event run by Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, California.
The bids opened at $1 million for the sale that ended up breaking several world records. Cobain used it to play tunes including “About a Girl” and “All Apologies” at the November 18, 1993, show in New York that came less than five months before the singer and songwriter died at age 27.
A day earlier at the same auction event, a custom guitar played by Prince at the height of his stardom in the 1980s and 1990s sold for $563,500, a small sum compared with the Cobain guitar.
The guitar was used at Nirvana's famous 1993 concert.