Kurt Cobain’s MTV Unplugged guitar & more to be auctioned off
Julien's Auctions has announced an auction of several pieces of iconic musical memorabilia happening next month. "Music Icons" go up for auction at Julien's Beverly Hills, CA location, and online, from Monday June 15 - June 19 2020, from 11-6 PM Pacific (2-9 PM Eastern).
Several Nirvana items will included in the auction, including the 1959 Martin D-18 guitar Kurt Cobain played on their 1993 MTV Unplugged in New York performance. It comes with its original hard-shell case, a partially used package of Martin guitar strings, three picks, and a "suede 'stash' bag." "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," Julien's CEO Darren Julien said in a statement. The guitar has a starting estimate of one million dollars.
Also up for auction, Nirvana-wise, will be a Fender Strat Kurt played during the In Utero tour, currently smashed; the shirt he wore in the "Heart-Shaped Box" video, the MTV Unplugged show's setlist, and lyric sheets for "Plateau," "The Man Who Sold the World," and "Lake of Fire."
The Music Icons auction also includes items from Prince (a "custom-made 1984 blue cloud guitar" he used), Paul McCartney (his handwritten working lyrics to "Maxwell's Silver Hammer"), Jim Morrison (his "Paris Journal"), Johnny Cash (a Yamaha baby grand piano he played on tour), Elvis Presley (jewelry and belt buckles), Madonna (costumes worn in "Vogue" and "Material Girl"), David Bowie (unreleased studio recordings from his 1967 debut album, and alternate versions of "Silly Boy Blue," "Sell Me a Coat," and "Please Mr. Gravedigger"), The Rolling Stones (a shirt worn by Mick Jagger on their 2019 tour), Guns N' Roses (their 1987 MTV VMA Moonman for "Sweet Child O' Mine"), and many more.