The guitar used by American singer Kurt Cobain during his last concert was sold at auction for more than $1.5 million, auction house Julien’s Auctions announced on Friday.
This left-handed Fender Mustang was the Nirvana frontman’s “favorite” guitar, which he played on Nirvana’s last tour in 1993-1994, he said in a statement.
With its sky blue patina, the instrument auctioned in Nashville, Tennessee, is intact, unlike many of the guitars smashed on stage by the grunge legend. In May, a black Fender Stratocaster destroyed by the singer fetched $595,000 at an auction at the Hard Rock Café in New York.
After having marked a generation within Nirvana with hits like Smells like Teen Spirit EITHER Come as you areDuring a career marked by his heroin addiction and his complex relationship with Courtney Love, Kurt Cobain committed suicide in April 1994, at the age of 27.
On Thursday, Julien’s Auctions also sold another Eric Clapton guitar, for nearly $1.3 million. Nicknamed “The Fool,” this Gibson SG is strongly associated with the singer’s time in the band Cream, where he produced one of the most distinctive sounds in rock.
Its personalized decoration, in a psychedelic style, makes the instrument one of the most recognizable in rock and a symbol of the “Summer of Love”, the 1967 countercultural movement that marked a generation.
Eric Clapton, whose riffs on songs like layla EITHER Sunshine of Your Love which earned him the reputation of being one of the best guitarists in the world, he had begun using the instrument during Cream’s first tour of the United States.
Source: BFM TV