Kurt Cobain’s ‘Teen Spirit’ guitar and 1965 Dodge Dart up for auction
A number of items that once belonged to Kurt Cobain will be auctioned through Julien’s Auctions next month. Two of the most prized items are the guitar the late Nirvana singer plays in the iconic “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video and his 1965 Dodge Dart.
The aforementioned guitar is a left-handed 1969 Fender Mustang in Competition Lake Placid Blue finish, with a starting estimate of $600,000 to $800,000 expected at auction. In his last interview with guitar world, Cobain once said, “I’m left-handed and it’s not very easy to find high-quality left-handed guitars at a reasonable price. But of all the guitars in the world, the Fender Mustang is my favorite. I only owned two.
Meanwhile, the 1965 Dodge Dart is believed to be the only known surviving car owned and driven by Cobain. Although he was already successful, Cobain didn’t want a brand new car, so he bought the Dodge Dart with Courtney Love, much to his chagrin. Like an excerpt from Charles R. Cross’ Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain note: “Kurt and Courtney were arguing when they took a cab to the American Dream parking lot. He bought a sky blue 1965 Dodge Dart for $2,500.
After the Nirvana singer’s death, the car was purchased from Love by Cobain’s sister Kim, who has owned it ever since. It still has its original license plates and a vehicle title showing Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love ownership, and is expected to fetch around $400,000 to $600,000.
In addition to the guitar and car, other Cobain items for sale include his painting of Michael Jackson, as well as a skateboard featuring Cobain’s hand-drawn image of Iron’s mascot “Eddie.” Maiden of the metal band. Killers album.
All of the physical items above also come with exclusive NFTs that commemorate each memory. There will also be smaller physical items for sale, including a collapsible Pokey figure from gummyCobain staff It doesn’t matter travel itinerary, a Nirvana behind-the-scenes pass, and more.
“In May, our Music Icons event representing the first sale of Kurt Cobain’s legendary 1969 Fender electric guitar will be a unique auction for all ages,” said Darren Julien, President/CEO of Julien’s Auctions. “To see this legendary guitar, one of the most culturally and historically significant guitars in not just the legacy of Kurt Cobain and Nirvana, but in all of rock music history, come to our auction house auction has been one of our greatest privileges and most distinguished honours.”
Julien added: “It is rare that personal items of Kurt Cobain with this incredible and unprecedented provenance from his life and career are available for public sale. This remarkable collection made up of one dazzling and profound prized possession after another plays like Kurt Cobain’s ultimate catalog with items offered such as his beloved Dodge Dart car to his original artwork to his rare Nirvana memorabilia, as well as unique NFT collectibles from her sister and guitar technique.
The auction itself will take place May 20-22, but select items, including the guitar, will be available from (April 11) through Friday (April 15) at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, as well as from May 16 through May 20. at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square in New York.
More information, including how to register to bid on items, can be found on Julien’s Auctions website. See the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video and images of select items for sale below.