Kurt Cobain’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ Guitar Sells for Nearly $5 Million – Billboard
The iconic 1969 Fender Mustang guitar played by the late Nirvana singer kurt cobain in the 1991 video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit” sold far more than expected at an auction this weekend. The left-handed instrument with the Competition Lake Placid blue finish was originally expected to fetch $600,000 or more, but fetched $4.5 million in the finale of this weekend’s Music Icons auction.
The winning bid came from the Jim Irsay Collection in Indianapolis, putting the instrument in the hands of the Indianapolis Colts NFL team CEO, who promised a portion of the proceeds will go to support the charity for the mental health of his organization. In a statement, Julien’s Auction House announced that the Cobain family will donate a portion of the proceeds to Irsay’s mental health awareness organization, Fight the stigma.
“I am thrilled to preserve and protect another element of American culture that has changed the way we see the world,” Irsay said in a statement. “The fact that a portion of the proceeds will go towards our efforts to fight the stigma around mental health makes this acquisition even more special to me.”
Julien’s Auctions CEO and Auburn, Indiana native Darren Julien said having one of the most historically and culturally significant guitars in rock history “come back in my home state of Indiana to be part of Jim Irsay’s famous memorabilia collection is a great honor and a personal highlight of my life.This once-in-a-lifetime auction was one of the most great privileges of my professional career and I am duly delighted that the benefits also bring much needed attention to mental health awareness.
In his last interview with guitar world, Cobain said the “Teen Spirit” guitar was one of his favorites. “I’m left-handed and it’s not very easy to find quality left-handed guitars at a reasonable price. But of all the guitars in the world, the Fender Mustang is my favorite. I’ve only owned two,” he said of the ax also used in the band’s recording. It doesn’t matter and In utero scrapbooks.
Other Cobain-related items that made big money include: 1965 Dodge Dart 170 “Baby Blue” 4-Door Sedan ($375,000), Cobain-Designed 1985 Iron Maiden “Killers” Skateboard ($35 $200), a Cobain Michael Jackson drawing ($87,500). ) and an exclusive NFT of Cobain’s iconic green sweater from the “Teen Spirit” video with audio narration by sister Kim Cobain ($10,240).