Kurt Cobain’s Guitar from ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ Music Video Could Fetch Over $1 Million at Auction

Kurt Cobain was a musical icon of the 1990s, and the guitar most responsible for his cultural impact can now be yours. A number of his items, including the Fender Mustang guitar he used in Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit music video, a Dodge Dart 170 and several other works are all being sold for the first time by Julien’s Auctions.

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Kurt Cobain Auction

Image: Julien’s Auctions

The guitar in question is a left-handed 1969 Fender Mustang in a Competition Lake Placid Blue finish with matching headstock, and is projected to sell at auction for anywhere between USD$600,000 and USD$800,000 (AU$1.1 million). Additionally, an exclusive 1 of 1 360° digital representation of the guitar will be sold as an NFT with a starting bid price of USD$6,000 to USD$8,000. While an NFT drop doesn’t exactly scream Rock N Roll, the good news is a portion of all proceeds will be donated to the Kicking The Stigma charity for Mental Health Awareness Month in May.

Also up for grabs is the frontman’s 1965 Dodge Dart 170 4-door sedan, nicknamed “Baby Blue”. The vehicle is estimated to sell for anywhere between USD$400,000 to USD$600,000,  and features a new gas tank, water pump, radiator, heater core as well as the original license and a title confirming ownership by Cobain and Courtney Love. Included with the car is another exclusive NFT collection from Cobain’s sister, Kim, who has owned the car for the past 28 years and bought it off Love following her brother’s death.

Kurt Cobain Auction

Image: Julien’s Auctions

Other highlights of the collection are Cobain’s artwork on a 1985 Iron Maiden “killers” Skateboard Deck, Michael Jackson drawing, an all-access pass from Nirvana’s 1993 In Utero concert tour, United Airlines boarding pass from a Seattle to Chicago flight and his Nevermind Australian tour schedule book.

“This May, our Music Icons event representing the first sale of Kurt Cobain’s mythic 1969 Fender electric guitar will be a once in a lifetime auction for the ages,” said Darren Julien, President/Chief Executive Officer of Julien’s Auctions. “To see this fabled guitar, one of the most culturally significant and historically important guitars not only of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana’s legacy but in all of rock music history, come to our auction house has been one of our greatest privileges and most distinguished honours.”

“Rarely do personally-owned items from Kurt Cobain with this incredible and unprecedented provenance of his life and career become available for public sale,” Julien added. “This remarkable collection consisting of one dazzling and profound prized possession after another plays like the ultimate Kurt Cobain catalogue with items offered such as his beloved Dodge Dart car to his original artwork to his rare Nirvana keepsakes, as well as unique NFT collectibles from his sister and guitar tech.”

The full collection will be available for viewing at Julien’s Auctions Gallery in Beverly Hills from April 11 to April 15, Hard Rock Cafe in Piccadilly Circus in London from April 28 to May 3 and Hard Rock Café in Times Sqaure, New York from May 16 to May 20.

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Kurt Cobain Auction

Image: Julien’s Auctions

Kurt Cobain Auction

Image: Julien’s Auctions

Kurt Cobain Auction

Image: Julien’s Auctions

Kurt Cobain Auction

Image: Julien’s Auctions

Kurt Cobain Auction

Image: Julien’s Auctions

Kurt Cobain Auction

Image: Julien’s Auctions

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