Kurt Cobain’s stage-smashed 1973 Fender Mustang sells for nearly $500,000 at auction

Kurt Cobain and his 1973 Fender Mustang
(Image credit: Julien's Auctions)

Kurt Cobain’s 1973 Fender Mustang – which was smashed onstage in 1989 by the Nirvana frontman – has sold at auction for $486,400.

It’s a staggering sum for a guitar that was destroyed effectively beyond repair when a young Nirvana took to the stage on July 9 at the Sonic Temple in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania. Still, the six-figure price tag can be offset by the guitar’s history and the role it played in developing Cobain’s guitar-smashing showmanship.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.