The Skystang I, the iconic left-handed Fender Mustang used by the Nirvana frontman during his last concert, has been valued at between $1 million and $2 million by Julien’s Auctions. Eric Clapton’s guitar was also sold for almost 1.3 million dollars.
The guitar that American singer Kurt Cobain used during his last concert was sold at auction for more than 1.5 million dollars, Julien’s Auctions announced on Friday. This left-handed Fender Mustang was the Nirvana frontman’s “favorite” guitar, which he played with on Nirvana’s final 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 the grunge legend has smashed on stage. In May, a black Fender Stratocaster that the singer smashed fetched $595,000 at auction at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York.
After marking a generation within Nirvana with hits like Smells Like Teen Spirit Or Come as you areand, during a career marked by heroin addiction and a complicated relationship with Courtney Love, Kurt Cobain committed suicide in April 1994, at the age of 27.
On Thursday, Julien’s Auctions also sold another Eric Clapton guitar for nearly $1.3 million. Nicknamed “The Fool,” this Gibson SG is strongly associated with the singer’s time with 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 recognizable in rock and a symbol of the “Summer of Love”, a countercultural movement from 1967 that marked a generation.
Eric Clapton, whose riffs on songs like Layla Or The sun of your love earned him a reputation as one of the best guitarists in the world, as he started using this instrument during Cream’s first American tour.