Black-and-white Fender Stratocaster used by the Nirvana frontman as part of the cathartic and destructive close to the band’s performances
Fancy owning a piece of rock history? Well you need worry no more, after a guitar used by Kurt Cobain during Nirvana’s final tour was put up for auction. All you’ll need is a spare £34,000 ($48,537) and then you can meet the minimum bid price.
The instrument was given away by Cobain during Nirvana’s 16 February 1994 show at Palais Omnisport, Rennes, France and is listed for sale on auction house Cooper Owen. In the description on Cooper Owen, the seller explains: “Kurt had 5 of these lefty black and white Strats, shipped by Fender specifically for the end of set jamming and destruction, as they were cheap and they were scared he would otherwise smash his new Mustangs.”
Continuing: “Of these 5 guitars, at least two were destroyed beyond repair (one of which was sold earlier by Mr Vincent – James “Jim” Vincent, Cobain’s guitar tech from Dec 93 onwards) as can be found on YouTube, which leaves 3. Still according to Mr Vincent, one was left unused. The one up for grabs here is therefore one of the two that were played and smashed but repaired and still fully playable.”
The guitar is expected to fetch up to £100,000 ($142,757).
Nirvana released their final studio album, In Utero, in September 1993. The record was the band’s last to be released in Cobain’s lifetime and has since sold more than 15 million copies worldwide.