The olive green cardigan famously worn by Kurt Cobain during Nirvana’s iconic MTV Unplugged performance in 1993 will go on auction later this month, as part of a two-day rock memorabilia event in New York City. Also going to auction is one of the late singer’s guitars: a custom-made 1993 Fender Mustang which Cobain played during Nirvana’s In Utero tour.
“At the center stage of this event will be two important items tied to the legacy and iconography of one of rock music’s most signature artists, Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, including his custom-built left-handed Fender Mustang guitar during Nirvana’s In Utero tour as well as his vintage olive-green cardigan worn at Nirvana’s most defining performance and one of rock history’s best live performances ever recorded, on MTV’s Unplugged in New York,” reads the auction description at Julien’s Auctions, who specialize in items of significance in contemporary culture.
Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged set was different from the traditional premise of the show in a number of ways; not only did the band film their live performance in a single take, but the set-list mostly included lesser known songs and cover versions of tracks by other artists including David Bowie, as opposed to the usual “greatest hits” format. The performance was released as a critically-acclaimed album following Cobain’s death in 1994.
Photos of Cobain during the Unplugged performance now rank among the most enduring images of the singer — meaning bidding will be fierce when the auction begins on October 25. Other auction lots include a T-shirt won by the Sex Pistols’ Sid Vicious, a charcoal self-portrait by David Bowie, and handwritten lyrics from Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan.
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