The guitar that grunge rock icon Kurt Cobain played during his legendary MTV Unplugged appearance in 1993 was sold on Saturday for a record price of $ 6 million, the auction house said.
The retro acoustic-electric Martin D-18E from 1959, which Cobain played for Nirvana's career-defining performance in New York – just five months before his suicide at the age of 27 – was sold to Peter Freedman, founder of RODE Microphones, after a bidding war. Julien & # 39; s, sold auctions said.
At $ 6.01 million in fees and commissions, the instrument was one of the most expensive guitars ever sold at auction.
The initial estimate was $ 1 million.
Freedman said he plans to show the guitar on a worldwide tour, with the proceeds going to the performing arts.
"When I heard that this iconic guitar could be auctioned off, I knew immediately that it was a unique opportunity to secure it and use it as a vehicle to highlight the struggles that the performing arts faced and always had faced, "the Australian was quoted by Julien & # 39; s Auctions.
The guitar was sold with its case, which Cobain decorated with a flyer for the 1990 album "Feel the Darkness" by the punk rock band Poison Idea.
So far, the most expensive guitar in history has been a Fender Stratocaster called "Black Strat", used by Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour.
It was sold by the musician for nearly $ 4 million during a charity sale in June 2019.
Nirvana's acoustic performance while recording the popular MTV Unplugged series on November 18, 1993 became one of the largest live albums in history.
It contained interpretations of Nirvana's hits "About A Girl" and "Come As You Are" as well as cover versions like David Bowie's "The Man Who Sold the World".
In October 2019, Cobain's cigarette-reduced cardigan worn during the "Unplugged" performance was sold for $ 334,000.
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