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Kurt Cobain smashed 1973 Fender Mustang sells for $500k

Kurt Cobain smashed 1973 Fender Mustang sells for $500k  ·  Source: Twitter/Juliens Auctions

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.This Kurt Cobain smashed 1973 Fender Mustang and one of his Boss DS-1 pedals have just sold at auction. Both items reached some pretty high prices and will have fans of Nirvana getting excited.

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Kurt Cobain 1973 Fender Mustang

This Kurt Cobain stage-smashed 1973 Fender Mustang has just sold at auction for nearly $500,000 and the accompanying heavily used Boss DS-1 pedal sold for around $75,000, which makes these two Nirvana items pretty expensive.

Kurt Cobain inscribed guitar

Kurt Cobain inscribed guitar

Previous items like his Lake Placid Blue guitar from the Smells Like Teen Spirit video have sold for huge amounts of money, so it isn’t unusual to see these large sums of money for broken guitars. The previous Lake Placid Blue one sold for $4.5 million and so this broken Sunburst one is almost a bargain!

Kurt Cobain 1973 Fender Mustang

Kurt Cobain owned smashed guitar

Bleach

The sunburst-finished Mustang was smashed back in 1989 when Kurt was playing on July 9 at the Sonic Temple in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania with Nirvana. This was during the Bleach album era for the band on their first US tour when they were still up and coming. Apparently, Kurt only played the guitar live twice and it got destroyed on stage by him the second time.

Nirvana

Nirvana 1989

Sluggo Cawley

Sluggo Cawley was a member of a band called Hullabaloo, who Kurt stayed with after the show and the two traded smashed guitars. Kurt spotted a busted-up SG hanging on the wall at Sluggo’s place and figured he could fix it up. That evening Cobain offered his recently smashed-up Fender Mustang as a trade, and the deal was done.

Thankfully, Kurt wrote on the guitar “Yo Sluggo, Thank for the trade, If it’s illegal to Rock and Roll, then throw my ass in jail, Nirvana.”

Currently, a Fender Mustang will cost you a lot less, but you will need to smash it on stage yourself.

Fender Mustang MN SNB

Fender Mustang MN SNB

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1980's Boss DS-1 Distortion guitar effects pedal that has been inscribed by Kurt Cobain

1980’s Boss DS-1 Distortion guitar effects pedal that has been inscribed by Kurt Cobain

Boss DS-1

Then there is the well-used Boss DS-1 pedal. And this one has also been written on by Cobain and just sold for $75,000.

Making it a pretty expensive stompbox. This old battered one has ‘Kurdt was here’ and ‘NIRWAHNA’ inscribed on it.

Though you can buy a new one for a lot less. You can buy a marker pen for about a dollar.

Boss DS-1 Distortion

Boss DS-1 Distortion

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  • Kurt Cobain inscribed guitar: Juliens Auctions
  • Kurt Cobain owned1973 Fender Mustang: Juliens Auctions
  • Nirvana: Juliens Auctions
  • 1980's Boss DS-1 Distortion guitar effects pedal that has been inscribed by Kurt Cobain: Twitter/Juliens Auctions
Kurt Cobain smashed 1973 Fender Mustang sells for $500k

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One response to “Kurt Cobain 1973 Fender Mustang sells for just under $500k”

    M says:
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    hopefully the rich visitors will think it’s a fake because the names are misspelled…

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