It’s probably the most famous guitar in modern history. Kurt Cobain’s 1959 Martin D-18E provided the soundtrack to pretty much every angsty 90s teen’s daily commute, becoming a music icon in its own right. Used throughout Nirvana’s 1993 MTV Unplugged in New York performance, the unusual instrument is one of the most recognisable in rock folklore. And now, it could be yours.
Kurt Cobain’s MTV Unplugged guitar is set to go under the hammer in June. Appearing as part of the ‘Music Icons’ sale at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, the infamous guitar is expected to pull a hefty sum. Back in October, the sweater worn by Cobain during the same MTV performance fetched a whopping USD$334,000. The lucky buyer won’t just be getting a piece of music history either, they’ll be getting a few.
The guitar also comes with its original hard-shell case, which according to reports features a flyer from Poison Idea’s 1999 album Feel the Darkness, three baggage claim ticket stubs, an Alaska Airlines sticker, three guitar picks, Cobain’s half-used pack of Martin strings and a cheeky suede ‘stash’ bag. Before hitting the auction in June, Kurt Cobain’s MTV Unplugged guitar, which is valued at USD$1 million will be available for viewing at the Hard Rock Cafe in Piccadilly Circus from May 15 to May 31.
“Julien’s Auctions is proud to offer this historic guitar from Kurt Cobain, who upended the music industry and pop culture at large with his mythic performance fronting Nirvana on MTV Unplugged in New York,” Darren Julien, president/chief executive officer of Julien’s Auctions said. “This important guitar has earned its rightful place in Rock ’N’ 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.
Along with the Unplugged guitar, Julien’s Auctions is also offering up a bunch of other rare Nirvana memorabilia. Cobain’s Stratocaster from the 1994 In Utero tour is up for grabs, along with a typed setlist used by Cobain featuring the songs “About A Girl” and “Where Did You Sleep Last Night”. the Kurt Cobain MTV Unplugged guitar will hit be auctioned from June 15 through to 19.