Kurt Cobain’s Smashed guitar sells for nearly £500,000 at auction | world news

An electric guitar smashed by Kurt Cobain in a recording studio has sold for nearly £500,000 at auction.

The black Fender Stratocaster, which was damaged during the manufacture of NirvanaNevermind’s hit album, sold for $595,900 (£479,751) – more than 10 times its original estimate.

Cobain smashed the instrument while recording Endless, Nameless, the last hidden track from the 1991 album.

It was later reassembled but cannot be played.

But the six-string bears the signature of Cobainwith his teammates Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl.

It also includes an inscription by Cobain addressed to the late Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan, died last year at the age of 57.

Cobain wrote: “Hell-o Mark! Love, Your Pal, Kurdt Kobain [sic] stranded rock star”.

Message from Kurt Cobain to fellow singer and friend Mark Lanegan

The American singer also engraved “Boddah Lives” on the neck plate on the back of the instrument – a reference to his imaginary childhood friend.

The guitar, which sold through Julien’s Auctions at New York’s Hard Rock Cafe over the weekend, was given to Lanegan during Nirvana’s Nevermind tour in late 1992.

A handwritten setlist from the band’s debut performance, Smells Like Teen Spirit, also sold at the same auction for $50,800 (£40,900).

Cobain, who committed suicide in 1994 at the age of 27, broke a string of guitars during his career.

The sale comes after a 1969 Fender Mustang, which Cobain once described as his “worldwide” favorite guitar – and which was used in the music video for Smells Like Teen Spirit – sold for £3.5 million at auction Last year.


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