Kurt Cobain’s ‘MTV Unplugged’ cardigan up for auction

The single item of Kurt's clothing is expected to fetch upwards of £25,000

The cardigan that Kurt Cobain wore during the band’s ‘MTV Unplugged’ performance is to go up for auction in America on November 7, alongside a host of other big-name music memorabilia, including a lock of the late Nirvana frontman’s hair.

The cardigan (pictured above during the legendary performance) has a guide price of $40,000 to $60,000 (£26,000 to £39,000), and will be sold as part of the ‘Icons and Idols’ auction. Bids can be made in advance of the auction on the Julien’s Live website.

The Beatles drumhead from the Ed Sullivan show is the highest-priced item at the auction at present, with a starting price of $400,000 (£250,000) listed at the time of writing, and expected to reach close to $1,000,000 (£625,000). A John Lennon Gibson Guitar, an Elvis Presley gold leaf grand piano and items belonging to Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson and Slash will also go under the hammer.


The Cobain cardigan is described in the auction literature as follows:

“A blend of acrylic, mohair and Lycra with five-button closure (one button absent), with two exterior pockets, a burn hole and discoloration near left pocket and discoloration on right pocket.”

New Cobain home recordings will be released under the title ‘Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings’ later this month, and will include a 31-track deluxe version.

The album consists of solo material, with ‘Montage of Heck’ movie director Brett Morgen telling Rolling Stone that he decided against including unfinished Nirvana material recorded with Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic. However, solo versions of Nirvana tracks such as ‘Been A Son’ and ‘Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle’ are included.