The American musician-composer and guitarist Kurt Cobain's guitar which he used during 1993 MTV Unplugged performance sold Saturday for a record $6 million in an auction house.The retro acoustic-electric 1959 Martin D-18E that Cobain strummed for Nirvana's career-defining performance in NY, just five months before his suicide at the age of 27 was sold after a bidding war to Peter Freedman, founder of RODE Microphones, Julien's Auctions said.
But Freedman won't be taking the 1959 Martin D-18E straight to the pool room; instead, he's pledged to use the piece of music memorabilia as a way to bring attention to the lack of support given to the arts community during coronavirus.
The Australian Associated Press reports that the new owner of Cobain's guitar is Australian music entrepreneur Peter Freedman, founder and chairman of Rode Microphones.
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The Unplugged guitar will be displayed in a worldwide tour of exhibitions, with all proceeds going to the performing arts.
As noted by the representatives of Julien, the lot went for 6,01 million dollars, thus, this guitar was the most expensive ever sold at auction. Kurt Cobain's guitar used with Nirvana's MTV Unplugged! It was then modified by his tech, Earnie Bailey, to accommodate Cobain's needs as a left-handed player.
The item - which had been left with stains intact - went under the hammer in NY in October, and is said to be the most expensive sweater ever sold at auction.
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Three baggage claim ticket stubs are attached to the handle, along with an Alaska Airlines sticker affixed to the case and the storage compartment contains Cobain's half-used pack of guitar strings, picks and a suede "stash bag". "I didn't even buy it for me", Freedman told PA Media.
Julien's Auctions' CEO, Darren Julien, had said: "This important guitar has earned its rightful place in rock & roll history as the instrument played by one of rock's most influential musicians and icons in one of the greatest and most memorable live performances of all time".
A one-of-a-kind custom guitar used by Prince, the Blue Angel, also sold at the auction for $563,500, well above the $100-200K estimate.
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