June 7, 2023

Kurt Cobain’s damaged Fender Stratocaster bought for $596,000 — 10 instances greater than the beginning worth — at Julien’s Auctions in Gardena, CA on Saturday. Cobain had smashed the electrical guitar whereas recording the album Nevermind in 1991, and it was later put again collectively however left unplayable. He had signed it as “Kurdt Kobain.”

From NPR:

Kurt Cobain’s black Fender Stratocaster is roofed in scratches and chipped wooden. The names of Cobain and his former band, Nirvana, are misspelled. And the guitar itself, which was as soon as smashed and put again collectively, is not playable.

The guitar was finally repaired and gifted to his good friend and musical collaborator, Mark Lanegan of the Screaming Bushes.

“Hell-o Mark! Love, Your Pal, Kurdt Kobain / Washed up rockstar,” Cobain wrote in silver marker on the physique of the guitar. Nirvana members Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl additionally signed their names.

Different iconic references on the Fender Stratocaster is the inscription “Boddah Lives,” scratched into the neck plate, which refers to Cobain’s childhood imaginary good friend. The guitar’s case additionally consists of the phrase “Abort Christ” written in massive white letters.

Though the guitar “was purported to fetch between $60,000 and $80,000,” based on TMZ, the shock $600,000 paid worth was a steal in comparison with the $6,010,000 paid for Cobain’s Martin D–18E, which was bought at a Los Angeles public sale in 2020 — thought of to be the most costly guitar ever bought at an public sale.


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