And Finally Artist News

Kurt Cobain’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ guitar up for auction

By | Published on Tuesday 12 April 2022


Want to own the guitar that Kurt Cobain played in the video to ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’? Got $800,000 burning a big old hole in your pocket? Then read on my friend.

The left-handed 1969 Fender Mustang that appeared in said video is among the musical items being auctioned off next month during a three day event called Music Icons being run in New York by Julien’s Auctions.

The auction company’s CEO, Darren Julien, reckons that the guitar is “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”.

And, he adds, “rarely do personally owned items from Kurt Cobain, with this incredible and unprecedented provenance of his life and career, become available for public sale”.

Bids for the guitar are expected to start somewhere between $600,000 and $800,000. Although given Julien’s Auctions has jumped on the NFTs bandwagon of late, you’d think they’d have attached an NFT to this sale too, wouldn’t you?

Then bidding would probably start somewhere between $6 million and $8 million. After all, owning an iconic guitar is one thing, but having your ownership logged on a blockchain somewhere, now that’s the really good stuff people!