Kurt Cobain’s Smells Like Teen Spirit Fender Mustang sells at auction for $4.5 million

Kurt Cobain and his Fender Mustang
(Image credit: Nirvana/YouTube / Rob Pinney/Getty Images)

Kurt Cobain’s legendary Fender Mustang – best known for its appearance in Nirvana’s music video for Smells Like Teen Spirit – has sold at auction for almost $5 million.

The iconic offset smashed the incredibly conservative estimation set by host auction house Julien’s Auctions, who originally expected the guitar to sell for $800,000. Instead – following a $2 million bid from Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay earlier this month – the iconic six-string ultimately sold for $4,550,000 after 27 bids.

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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.