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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.

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