Julien’s Auctions’ Lot of Kurt Cobain’s Items Features the Frontman’s Fender

Apr 13, 2022

Category: Gear

As far as music icons are concerned, Kurt Cobain was all that and more. Having served as an archetypal personification of ‘90s culture, the late Nirvana frontman’s angsty persona was as authentic as anyone could ask for, which is why he still resonates with us so much today. Months removed from Nevermind‘s 30th anniversary, Julien’s Auctions looks to shine even more light on the grunge pioneer with a lot consisting of numerous Nirvana-oriented relics.

The surprisingly large sum of belongings features Cobain’s 1965 Dodge Dart, a handful of drawings and tour schedules, and, last but not least, a guitar made famous by the man himself. The ax in question is a beautiful 1969 Fender Mustang Competition model with a Lake Placid Blue finish that was played in the music video for none other than “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” In what was ultimately the singer/songwriter’s final interview with Guitar World, Cobain claimed that the Mustang was his personal favorite because of how difficult it was to find “high-quality left-handed guitars,” of which he only owned two.

In addition to this head-turning shredder, the lot consists of some other notable elements, like his aforementioned mid-’60s classic and sketches, one of which is an interestingly drawn representation of Michael Jackson. On top of that, there is also a hand-painted skateboard deck clad with Iron Maiden logos, going to show just how invested Cobain was in appreciating other music than he was making his own. With a portion of the proceeds benefitting the “Kicking The Stigma” initiative, the auction is highlighted by its appropriate acknowledgment of mental health.

Have your hand at winning some of Kurt Cobain’s prized possessions through Julien’s Auctions in Las Vegas on the weekend of May 20th, when the gorgeous Fender Mustang is expected to go for upwards of $600,000.

Purchase: $600,000+

Photo: Julien’s Auctions

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