Kurt Cobain’s iconic MTV Unplugged Martin acoustic set to be auctioned for $1 million

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Kurt Cobain's 1959 Martin D-18E – the acoustic guitar he played during Nirvana's legendary set on MTV's Unplugged – is going up for auction.

The D-18E is the seventh of only 302 models built by Martin, and was customized by Cobain, who added a Bartolini pickup to the soundhole.

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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.