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Guitar used In NIRVANA's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' to be sold at auction

12-04-2022

Kurt Cobain’s left-handed Fender Mustang guitar played in NIRVANA’s iconic “Smells Like Teen Spirit” music video will be publicly sold for the first time at auction and was announced this morning as an additional “Music Icons” headliner. The guitar and other Cobain items will also be on display at today’s press preview at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills.

Julien’s Auctions is proud to present the electric guitar that changed music and the world — one of the most important and iconic guitars owned and played by Kurt Cobain that will ever be sold at auction. The conservative starting estimate of Cobain’s 1969 Fender Mustang left-handed guitar in Competition Lake Placid blue finish with matching headstock is $600,000 to $800,000.

In honor of the upcoming Mental Health Awareness Month in May, a portion of the proceeds from the auction of this legendary guitar and select Cobain items will benefit “Kicking The Stigma”, the Indianapolis Colts and the Jim Irsay family’s national initiative to raise awareness about mental health disorders and to remove the stigma too often associated with these illnesses.

“Music Icons: Julien’s Auctions” will present over 1,200 pieces of music artifacts and memorabilia used by some of the world’s greatest artists and legends of all time and will preview highlights at their famed gallery in Beverly Hills before heading to Julien’s three-day auction taking place Friday, May 20, Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22, 2022 live at the Hard Rock Café: New York and online at juliensauctions.com. The marquee lineup of legends includes THE BEATLESEddie Van HalenKurt CobainQUEENElvis PresleyLady GagaMichael JacksonMadonnaLittle RichardElton JohnBob DylanErica ClaptonCherBob MarleyJimi Hendrix and more.

Free-to-the-public exhibition dates:

Julien’s Auctions 257 N. Canon Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210
April 11-15, 2022 (11 a.m.-5 p.m. PT)

Julien’s Auctions is the world-record breaking auction house to the stars. Collaborating with the famous and the exclusive, Julien’s Auctions produces high-profile auctions in the film, music, sports and art markets. Julien’s Auctions has received international recognition for its unique and innovative auction events, which attract thousands of collectors, investors, fans and enthusiasts from around the world.

In 2020, Julien’s Auctions received its third Guinness Book of World Record placement for the sale of Kurt Cobain‘s “MTV Unplugged” 1959 Martin D-18E acoustic-electric guitar, which sold for $6 million, making it the world’s most expensive guitar ever sold at auction.

Based in Los Angeles, Julien’s Auctions has a global presence bringing their auctions and exhibitions to targeted destinations worldwide including London, New York, Las Vegas, Japan and China. Live auctions are presented for bidders on-site and online via live streaming video and mobile technology.

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