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.
It’s been 25 years since the Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain and the loss is just rooted in the 90’s Rock culture.
This year, to mark the anniversary of his death, Kurt’s daughter, Frances Bean has shared a new image of her father, one which has never been seen.
On the day, people were posting tributes to the late musician, while Frances Bean took the time to shine a light on mental health.
“If you are struggling with your mental health and need someone to talk to please do not be afraid to reach out to your friends, neighbors, parents, counselors, teachers or even strangers on the internet,” she wrote in a post shared via her Instagram Story. “Needing help is not a weakness. Let’s end the stigma and shame towards the struggle with mental health.”
She also posted the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Number.
Apart from the message on mental health awareness, she shared a never-before-seen image of her father. The image is of a young Kurt in a button-down blazer wearing a Frank Sinatra-type trilby.