The guitar Kurt Cobain played at Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged appearance is set to be sold at an upcoming Music Icons Auction next month. The starting bid is $1million.
The 1959 Martin D-18E which was used for the performance was originally purchased by Cobain with a vintage hardshell case at Voltage Guitars in Los Angeles. The auction for the guitar will include the case, three Dunlop guitar picks and a “partial” set of strings.
“Julien’s Auctions is proud to offer this historic guitar from Kurt Cobain, who upended the music industry and pop culture at large with his mythic performance fronting Nirvana on MTV Unplugged in New York,” says Julien’s Auctions CEO Darren Julien.
Also in the auction is the MTV Unplugged setlist, the shirt worn by Cobain in the Heart-Shaped Box Music video and a guitar the frontman smashed during their In Utero tour in 1994.
Slipknots own frontman Corey Taylor is helping in the COVID-19 relief as he’s put 13 of his own guitars on Ebay to help raise money for Direct Relief, a charity that’s trying to get PPE and essentials to healthcare workers who are on the frontline of the Coronavirus Pandemic.
The auctions which are currently in place include a Les Paul Sunburst and Gibson Dave Grohl Signature.