Here’s how you can own Kurt Cobain’s iconic ‘MTV Unplugged’ guitar
You will have to reach deep into your pockets to get your hands on this piece of Nirvana history.May 11, 2020
If you ever dreamed of owning your own piece of rock music history, now may be your chance. This week, it has been announced that the acoustic guitar Nirvana‘s Kurt Cobain played during their legendary MTV Unplugged In New York performance is heading straight to auction in June.
However, you are going to have to reach deep into your pockets to get your hands on it.
Cobain and Nirvana’s music is still ever-present in society today. Back in April, Post Malone hosted his own Nirvana tribute livestream that got Courtney Love‘s stamp of approval. As well, streaming sites have various Nirvana documentaries for viewers to enjoy including Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, an in-depth documentary his daughter Frances Bean Cobain was heavily involved in.
Now, Nirvana fanatics have the chance to own one of Cobain’s iconic guitars. The acoustic guitar that Cobain played during Nirvana’s famed MTV Unplugged In New York concert is heading to auction next month.
The guitar was recently at the center of a legal battle against Cobain’s daughter Frances and her ex-husband Isaiah Silva. Silva sued several people who he believed broke into his home to both steal the guitar and attempt to kill him. Love, Love’s manager Sam Lutfi and actor Ross Butler (Riverdale, 13 Reasons Why) were just a few of the many individuals accused of conspiring against Silva. Court documents revealed that after a long battle, Silva won the settlement along with the historic guitar. Now, the guitar Love has called a “treasured heirloom of the family” has been put up for auction.
The 1959 Martin D-18E guitar will be part of the “Music Icons” sale at Julien’s Auctions. It will take place on June 19 and 20 in Beverly Hills as well as on the Julien’s Auctions website. For buyers looking to purchase this piece of memorabilia, they will have to reach deep into their pockets. The guitar’s starting bid estimate is around $1 million.
For those that don’t have a spare million lying around, you can feast your eyes on the guitar before it heads to auction. The MTV Unplugged In New York guitar will be on display at the Piccadilly Cirus Hard Rock Cafe in London May 15 through May 31. Those in the Beverly Hills area can also see the guitar at Julien’s Auctions June 15 through June 19.
“This important guitar has earned its rightful place in rock & roll history as the instrument played by one of rock’s most influential musicians and icons in one of the greatest and most memorable live performances of all time,” Darren Julien, president and CEO of the auction house, says.
Along with the 1959 Martin D-18E, the auction will feature a number of other important items in music history. One of Cobain’s original hard-shell cases is also up for sale. The late singer covered the case with a flyer for the band Poison Idea‘s 1990 album Feel The Darkness. It also still has three baggage-claim ticket stubs and an Alaska Airlines sticker still attached.
Along with this, Cobain’s smashed Fender Strat that was used during the 1994 In Utero tour, the silver lamé shirt he wore in the “Heart-Shaped Box” video and the typed setlist from the MTV Unplugged concert are also up for auction. The MTV Unplugged lyric sheets Cobain used for “Plateau,” “The Man Who Stole the World” and “Lake Of Fire” are also for sale.
Last year, the cardigan Cobain wore during the MTV Unplugged performance also went to auction at Julien’s Auctions. It made history as one of the most expensive sweaters ever sold at a record-breaking $334,000.
You can watch one of the performances from MTV Unplugged In New York featuring the guitar up for auction below.
The surviving members of Nirvana, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, have been keeping busy recently. Earlier this month, Novoselic shared his thoughts on the coronavirus conspiracy theories going around.
Meanwhile, Grohl is keeping spirits high during this difficult time. He recently performed a Foo Fighters classic over video chat for a Bronx trauma nurse. He also had a few good things to say about the Nirvana tribute Post Malone recently did.
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