An “unidentified private collector” of music memorabilia go
an early Christmas present Tuesday with a winning bid of $100,000 for a smashed
guitar used by Kurt Cobain on Nirvana’s first American tour.
Yahoo! Music News is reporting that the seller was a
musician, Sluggo, of The Grannies and Hullabaloo, who’d apparently traded it
with Cobain for a guitar that worked; Cobain was living at the time with Sluggo
and Sluggo’s girlfriend.
The sunburst Fender Mustang was described Jacob McMurray,
senior curator of Seattle’s
Experience Music Project (which displayed the instrument at one point) as “a
really cool-looking guitar because it’s smashed and held together with duct
tape and Kurt Cobain wrote on it.”
At $100k, that makes it the second-highest price ever paid
for a Cobain artifact; the record stands at $131,000 for a 2006 auction of the
gutiarist’s Mosrite Gospel Mark IV.
In semi-related news, BLURT once sold a promotional copy of the first Nirvana 45 for a
thousand bucks. It helped pay for our hardwood floors in the foyer plus loads
of Huggies for our then-toddler (who nowadays doesn’t care about Nirvana but
loves the Clash). Thanks, Kurt!