Kurt Cobain’s MTV Unplugged Guitar Sells For A Record $6 Million
The guitar Kurt Cobain played during Nirvana's iconic MTV Unplugged performance sold for a record-smashing $6 million dollars on Saturday. Kurt Cobain's guitar has just broken the record for the most money paid for a guitar at auction this past weekend according to Billboard. Nirvana's 1993 episode of MTV's Unplugged was legendary for their stripped-down versions of their hit songs, along with lesser-known tracks and covers of songs like Bowie, Lead Belly, and Meat Puppets. The show was released as a live album after the death of Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain and debuted at number one on the Billboard charts. The live album won Best Alternative Music Performance at the Grammys and is one of the band's most famous live performances ever.
During the performance, Cobain played a 1959 Martin D-18E acoustic-electric guitar which has now sold at auction for a record-breaking price, according to Billboard. The bidding at Julien's Auctions began at $1 million but ended at a record-breaking $6 million winning bid. The winner was Rode Microphones founder Peter Freedman. The previous record was set last year when Pink Floyd member David Gilmour's black Stratocaster sold for $3.95 million. The sale of the guitar also included Cobain's guitar case and it's contents. Cobain decorated the case with a flyer for the band Poison Idea's 1990 album "Feel The Darkness," according to Rolling Stone. The case also includes various picks, strings, and even a "stash bag." The stash bag includes a silver spoon, fork, and knife. Cobain tragically passed away five months later.