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Frances Bean Cobain’s Ex-Husband Says He’s Keeping Kurt’s ‘MTV Unplugged’ Guitar

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Frances Bean Cobain—Kurt Cobain's 23-year-old daughter—got divorced back in March. She had been married to 31-year-old Isaiah Silva for a mere 21 months.

And while that's interesting enough in itself, things have taken a dramatic new twist in recent weeks. According to TMZ, Silva, the frontman of a band called the Eeries, says Frances Bean gave him Kurt Cobain’s heavily modified Martin D-18E guitar as a wedding gift.

This is, of course, the very guitar the Nirvana frontman played while filming the band’s legendary MTV Unplugged appearance just a few months before his death.

“It’s a treasured heirloom of the family,” Courtney Love, Frances Bean's mother, told TMZ while on an escalator at LAX. “It’s not [Silva’s] to take. We’re very close, and [Frances] never planned on doing that.” Love also referred to her daughter’s marriage as a “dangerous and toxic relationship.”

But wait, it gets stranger: Last week, Silva alleged that Sam Lutfi, a former manager of Love and Britney Spears, kidnapped him and stole his cellphone. Please stay tuned for updates.

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.