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Smashed Kurt Cobain guitar played on first US Nirvana tour going up for auction

Julien’s Auctions

 The guitar that Kurt Cobain played — and subsequently smashed — during Nirvana‘s first-ever U.S. tour in 1989 is going up for auction.

Cobain had destroyed the instrument — a 1973 Fender Mustang — at the end of a show in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania on July 9. He later traded it to Sluggo Cawley of the punk band Hullabaloo for a similarly smashed Gibson SG.

As part of the trade, Cobain signed the Mustang on behalf of Nirvana alongside an inscription reading, “Yo Sluggo, Thank for the trade. If its [sic] illegal to Rock and Roll, then throw my a*** in jail.”

The guitar will go up for auction as part of an upcoming sale by Julien’s Auctions, taking place November 11-13 in person at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City and online. It’s expected to fetch between $200,000 and $400,000.

For more info, visit JuliensAuctions.com.

Julien’s previously auctioned Cobain’s 1959 Martin D-18E guitar, which he famously played during Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged performance, for a record-breaking $6 million.

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