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Kurt Cobain’s black Fender Stratocaster is roofed in scratches and chipped wooden. The names of Cobain and his former band, Nirvana, are misspelled. And the guitar itself, which was as soon as smashed and put again collectively, is now not playable.
However on Saturday, the damaged guitar was bought at Julien’s Auctions for a whopping $596,000 — practically 10 instances greater than the opening value — displaying that the adoration for the rock icon is alive and properly practically 30 after he died.
Cobain was recognized to have destroyed a number of Fender Stratocasters throughout his profession. This specific instrument was wrecked whereas Cobain and his band labored on their landmark album, Nevermind, within the early Nineteen Nineties.
The guitar was ultimately repaired and gifted to his buddy and musical collaborator, Mark Lanegan of the Screaming Bushes.
“Hell-o Mark! Love, Your Pal, Kurdt Kobain / Washed up rockstar,” Cobain wrote in silver marker on the physique of the guitar. Nirvana members Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl additionally signed their names.
Different iconic references on the Fender Stratocaster is the inscription “Boddah Lives,” scratched into the neck plate, which refers to Cobain’s childhood imaginary buddy. The guitar’s case additionally consists of the phrase “Abort Christ” written in giant white letters.