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Kurt Cobain’s 1993 In Utero Fender Mustang sells for $340,000

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It has already been a banner year for electric guitar auctions, and we can add another impressive sale to the pile: Kurt Cobain’s 1993 custom Fender Mustang, which just went for a whopping $340,000.

The guitar, finished in sky blue and accented by a red mottled pickguard, was sold as part of Julien’s Auctions two-day Icons & Idols: Rock ‘N’ Roll event on October 24 and 25. Cobain used the Mustang on Nirvana’s In Utero tour in 1993.

Also on the block was the tattered olive-green cardigan the Nirvana front man famously wore for the band’s MTV Unplugged taping. That item went for $334,000, setting a new world record for the most expensive sweater sold at auction.

(Image credit: courtesy of Julien's Auctions)

Cobain’s Mustang wasn’t the only guitar for sale during the Icons & Idols auction. 

Among the other instruments sold was a Chris Cornell-owned and -played Gretsch Duo Jet, which went for $65,625, a Gibson SG owned, signed and played by Ron Wood for $22,400 and a 1988 Guild acoustic from the personal collection of Eric Clapton for $25,600.

For more information on the auction, head to Julien’s.

Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.