Kurt Cobain’s ‘MTV Unplugged’ guitar is going up for auction

With an estimated starting bid of $1million

The acoustic guitar Kurt Cobain played during Nirvana‘s 1993 ‘MTV Unplugged in New York’ performance will go up for auction next month.

The 1959 Martin D-18E will have an estimated starting bid of $1million (£810,835). It will be included as part of the ‘Music Icons’ sale at Julien’s Auctions, taking place in-house and online on June 19 and 20.

In a statement, Julien’s Auctions CEO Darren Julien commented, “This important guitar has earned its rightful place in rock & 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.”

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The guitar comes with the original hard-case Cobain kept it in, emblazoned with a flyer for Poison Idea’s 1990 album ‘Feel the Darkness’. The case contains a half-used pack of guitar strings, picks and a suede “stash” bag.

The setlist from the ‘MTV Unplugged’ performance will also be up for auction. Other Nirvana relics up for grabs include a smashed Fender Stratocaster used by Cobain during the band’s 1994 ‘In Utero’ tour and the shirt he wore in the ‘Heart-Shaped Box’ music video.

Last year, the cardigan Cobain wore as part of the ‘MTV Unplugged’ performance sold through Julien’s Auctions for $334,000 (£260,000). The record-breaking sum marked the most expensive cardigan ever sold at auction, according to the auction house.

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