Per the description associated with the guitar, as provided by Julien’s Auction:
“A lefty black Fender Stratocaster electric guitar, smashed by Kurt Cobain during Nirvana’s Nevermind era and signed to the body by all three band members in silver marker with additional inscriptions from each member to the original recipient of the guitar: Cobain’s close friend and musical collaborator, Mark Lanegan (of Screaming Trees). Cobain has written: ‘Hell-o Mark! Love, Your Pal, Kurdt Kobain / Washed up rockstar.'”
The description also shares: “Cobain gifted this guitar to Lanegan in the fall of 1992, during the North American leg of the ‘Nevermind’ tour (c. September – October 1992).”
Per the auction site, the bidding value associated with the guitar was estimated to be around $60,000 to $80,000; however, it ended up selling for a lot more than that.
The smashed guitar once owned by Cobain ended up being sold for $596,900 (which is roughly 10 times its estimated bidding value).
Nearly $600,000 for a smashed guitar is wild – then again, this is a piece of music history associated with two of the greatest musicians to ever grace rock.
It is probably fair to assume that whoever won the bid for this guitar is one happy camper. What is an iconic instrument from music history you would love to own?
And speaking of Lanegan, did you know that he actually helped Cobain write Nirvana’s “Something In The Way”? Lanegan did not ask for any royalties, but instead helped out Cobain as a favor. To learn more about this story, follow the link below.