Kurt Cobain\u2019s stage played and smashed guitar is up for auction as a part of Julien\u2019s Auctions Music Icons 2018. The Aria Pro II Cardinal Series, which Earnie Baily (Cobain\u2019s guitar tech) says may have been Cobain\u2019s favorite guitar at the time, was used throughout Nirvana\u2019s 1990 summer tour. It was first played at The Masquerade in Atlanta, May 6, 1990. At the Motorsports International Garage Show in Seattle, on September 22, 1990, Cobain played his Mosrite Gospel guitar for the majority of the set, but for the climatic last song, he switched to the Aria. While Dan Peters of Mudhoney played drums, (Nirvana\u2019s future drummer Dave Grohl was also in attendance), Cobain spun the Aria in the air and juggled it for several minutes, but then, without warning, he smashed the guitar repeatedly, breaking the body and the neck.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nRichard Newland, who was working security at the event, picked up the guitar. After the show, Cobain asked if he could remove the pickups from the guitar, leaving it in its current state. Two string remnants are still on the guitar. \u201cNirvana\u201d has also been carved into the back, presumably by Cobain himself. The guitar was sent on tour in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil, as a part of the Museum of Pop Culture in June through December of 2017. It then went on display in the museum\u2019s \u201cNirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses\u201d exhibit in Seattle, from 2011 to 2017.\r\nCheck it out\r\nHave you subscribed to Man of Many? You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.