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Kurt Cobain’s iconic acoustic guitar from Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged performance sells for record £4.8million

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THE acoustic guitar which Kurt Cobain played on Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged performance sold for a record £4.85million.

The left-handed 1959 Martin D-18E was used by Kurt in New York in 1993, five months before he died aged 27. 

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Kurt played the guitar in 1993, five months before his death[/caption]

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The guitar, which was sold with a personalised case designed by Cobain, is the most expensive ever sold at an auction[/caption]

Its sale in Beverly Hills broke five records, including most expensive piece of memorabilia.

According to the celebrity auction house, the guitar, which was sold with a personalised case designed by Cobain, is the most expensive ever sold at an auction, beating a Fender Stratocaster used by Pink Floyd guitarist, David Gilmour, 74, which sold for £3.13million in 2019. 

Last year, Cobain’s hospital gown from his legendary Reading Festival set went on sale for £40,000.

The Nirvana frontman was famously pushed on to the stage in a wheelchair at the 1992 show, considered one of the band’s greatest gigs.

Cobain, who committed suicide in 1994, played up to rumours of his drug abuse and ill health but performed an era-defining set on August 30.

Kurt was known to suffer from mental illness and it was later revealed that there was a history of mental illness in his family.

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Last year, the hospital gown from Cobain’s legendary Reading Festival set went on sale for £40,000
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Kurt Cobain was married to Courtney Love and they had a baby daughter, Frances Bean Cobain in 1992[/caption]


On April 8, 1994, Kurt Cobain was found dead in his home by an electrician who came to install a security system.

He had shot himself in the head and was found to have had a large amount of heroin in his system.

The artist left a suicide note in which he said: “I haven’t felt the excitement of listening to as well as creating music, along with really writing… for too many years now … Please keep going Courtney, for Frances. For her life, which will be so much happier without me.”

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