Kurt Cobain’s Smells Like Teen Spirit guitar goes under the hammer

Up for auction is an electric guitar used by Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain in the music video for the seminal hit track Smells Like Teen Spirit.

he 1969 Fender Mustang in Lake Placid Blue is among a selection of items for sale at a “Music Icons” event being held May 20-22 at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York at Julien’s Auction House.

Estimated to range from $600,000 to $800,000 (£473,348 to £631,130), the one-of-a-kind instrument is currently on display at the Hard Rock Cafe in London from April 28th to May 3rd.


Cobain’s 1969 Fender Mustang could fetch $800,000 (Ian West/PA)

Smells Like Teen Spirit was released as part of Nirvana’s second studio album, Nevermind, which propelled the grunge group to superstardom.

In Cobain’s final interview with Guitar World, he spoke about his favorite guitar, saying, “I’m left-handed and it’s not very easy to find quality left-handed guitars at reasonable prices.

“But out of all the guitars in the world, the Fender Mustang is my favorite. I only owned two of them.”

For the past 12 years, the guitar has been on display at Seattle’s Experience Music Project, now called the Museum of Pop Culture.

Also for sale is an exclusive NFT (Non-Fungible Token) of the guitar, which includes a narration by Cobain’s longtime guitar tech, Earnie Bailey, discussing the historical significance of the instrument.

Other items on offer include a drawing of Cobain of Michael Jackson wearing a red jacket, single white glove and sunglasses, which also features his signature in the corner.

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The piece, along with an accompanying NFT, is estimated at $40,000-$60,000 (£31,556-£47,334).

An all-access pass from the 1993 Nirvana In Utero concert tour, personally owned by Cobain, is also estimated to fetch $1,000-2,000 (£789-1,577).


Cobain’s personal all-access pass from the 1993 Nirvana In Utero concert tour is included in the collection for sale (Ian West/PA)

The Nirvana frontman’s 1965 Dodge Dart, the only known surviving car he personally owns and drives – with an accompanying NFT – is also up for auction with an estimate of $400,000-600,000 (£315,565-473,348).

Cobain’s skateboard deck, which features his artwork of Iron Maiden mascot Eddie, is also among the lots, estimated at $20,000-$40,000 (£15,778 – £31,556).

The auction has stated that in honor of May’s mental health awareness month, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the guitar and a selection of Cobain’s merchandise will go to Kicking The Stigma, an initiative of the Indianapolis Colts and the Jim Irsay family to raise awareness mental illness.

Cobain died in 1994 at the age of 27.

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