Skystang I, the Nirvana frontman’s iconic left-handed Fender Mustang used during his last concert, was estimated at between $1 million and $2 million by the auction house Julien’s Auctions. An Eric Clapton guitar was also sold for nearly $1.3 million.
The guitar used by the American singer Kurt Cobain during her last concert was sold at auction for more than $1.5 million, the auction house Julien’s Auctions announced Friday. This left-handed Fender Mustang was the Nirvana frontman’s “favorite” guitar, with which he played on Nirvana’s last tour in 1993-1994, she said in a statement.
With its sky blue patina, the instrument up for auction in Nashville, Tennessee, is intact, unlike many guitars broken on stage by the grunge legend. In May, a Black Fender Stratocaster smashed by the singer had reached 595,000 during auctions at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York.
After having marked a generation within Nirvana with hits like Smells Like Teen Spirit Or Come as You Are, during a career marked by his addiction to heroin and his complex relationship with Courtney LoveKurt Cobain committed suicide in April 1994, at the age of 27.
On Thursday, Julien’s Auctions also sold another guitar fromEric Clapton, for nearly $1.3 million. Nicknamed “The Fool,” this Gibson SG is strongly ociated with the singer’s time with the band Cream, where he produced one of rock’s most distinctive sounds.
Its personalized decoration, in a psychedelic style, makes the instrument one of the most easily recognizable in rock and a symbol of the “Summer of Love”, the counterculture movement of 1967 which marked a generation.
Eric Clapton, whose riffs on songs like Layla Or Sunshine of Your Love earned him a reputation as one of the best guitarists in the world, having started using the instrument during Cream’s first US tour.