Kurt Cobain’s Marshall cabinet sells at auction for $93,000

Kurt Cobain
(Image credit: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic via Getty / Iconic Auctions)

A Kurt Cobain-owned and -played Marshall guitar cabinet, which featured in Nirvana’s Live and Loud video recorded at Pier 48 in 1993, has been sold by Iconic Auctions for a huge sum of $93,274.

Cobain’s cab, which has been heavily photo and video matched, comes equipped with Celestion V30 speakers and is adorned by faint “Kurt” and stenciled “K3 Music Bank – Vintage” lettering on the back.

The iconic piece of music memorabilia was sold as part of the auction house’s Amazing Music Auction (Vol. 1), alongside an array of other items, including a blue Stinger Strat-style six-string, which sports the signatures of each Nirvana member, and a handful of Cobain’s hair.

That’s right – six strands of Kurt Cobain’s hair, provided by the woman who cut it in 1989, went up for auction, and fetched a cool $14,145. That’s over $2,000 per hair.

The original listing for the hair read, “This one-of-a-kind artifact is entirely fresh-to-market and is accompanied by an impeccable lineage of provenance including photos of Kurt posing with the woman who cut his hair, scissors in hand, and a fantastic shot of the hair actually being cut.“

Kurt Cobain signed Stinger Strat

(Image credit: Iconic Auctions)

In the guitar department, the Kurt Cobain-, Dave Grohl- and Krist Novoselic-signed axe, which came with a letter of authenticity from James Spence Authentication, was also sold, fetching a grand total of $62,183.

Eric Clapton’s Slowhand at 70 and 2014 World Tour Custom Shop Stratocaster recently hit the auction block, with Iconic Auctions selling the sunburst six-string for over $200,000.

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Matt Owen

Matt is a 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.