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Guitar Kurt Cobain played on final Nirvana tour is up for auction

By: Curtis Sindrey –

Kurt Cobain of Nirvana performing at Palasport, Modena. (Photo: Raffaella Cavalieri/Redferns)

Kurt Cobain of Nirvana performing at Palasport, Modena. (Photo: Raffaella Cavalieri/Redferns)

A black-and-white left-handed Fender Stratocaster used by Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain during the band’s final tour – specifically their February 16th, 1994 gig in Rennes, France – is going up for auction.

The guitar, which is project to sell for $140,000, was posted on the auction house Cooper Owen on April 12th.

“This is what I can say about the guitar Kurt Cobain gave me at the end of the 16th February 1994 show at Palais Omnisport, Rennes, France. I’ve been doing a lot of research about this guitar,” the seller writes. “According to James ‘Jim’ Vincent, Kurt’s guitar tech from Dec. 93 onwards, Kurt had five of these lefty black and white Strats, shipped by Fender specifically for the end-of-set jamming and destruction, as they were cheap and they were scared he would otherwise smash his new Mustangs.”

According to the seller, everything is stock on the guitar, except the neck, neck plate and strings. The seller also notes that that Stratocaster guitars weren’t used during the actual performance, but instead were destroyed at the end of the set. From the seller’s research, Cobain last used a Stratocaster during the U.S. leg of Nirvana’s “In Utero Tour”, most notably during the Live & Loud concert.

Of the five guitars in Cobain’s possession during the tour, the seller indicates that at least two were destroyed beyond repair, one was left unused, one is still owned by Vincent, and the other is in the auction.

The auction ends on May 20th.


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