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June, 18

Kurt Cobain's guitar from famous MTV Unplugged in New York show up for auction

Kurt Cobain's guitar from famous MTV Unplugged in New York show up for auction

The guitar played by Kurt Cobain during Nirvana's MTV Unplugged in New York performance could sell for $1m (£800,000) at auction this weekend.

The singer played the 1959 Martin D-18E acoustic-electric guitar in the famous 1993 show five months before his death at the age of 27.

It was the only guitar he played throughout the whole set. He had purchased the vintage instrument and its hardshell case from Voltage Guitars in Los Angeles before customising it.

Cobain struggled with the pressures of fame and took his own life at his home in Seattle on 5 April 1994.

Julien's Auctions is also selling one of Prince's favourite guitars in the online music artefacts sale.

The 1984 Cloud 2 '"Blue Angel" guitar was custom-made for Prince and he played it on many tours, including his 1984-85 Purple Rain tour, and in television appearances and music videos.

It was originally white but has been refinished in other colours including peach, light blue and yellow.

Julien's said: "It is considered one of the most historically important guitars played by Prince that will ever come up for auction and used during the height of his career in the 1980s and 1990s."

The auction house estimates the guitar could fetch $500,000 (£400,000) in the sale. A purple suit, a pendant and a pair of boots from Prince will also be up for sale.

Prince died from an accidental drug overdose at his home in Minnesota on 21 April 2016.

A page of Sir Paul McCartney's handwritten lyrics - featuring cross-outs, revisions and earlier drafts of lines for the song Maxwell's Silver Hammer - from The Beatles' 1969 album Abbey Road will also be up for auction.

The lyric sheet is expected to draw between $200,000 (£161,000) and $300,000 (£214,000).

The event will also have memorabilia from Madonna, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Johnny Cash, Jim Morrison, the Rolling Stones, Queen, and David Bowie.

 

Source: www.msn.com
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