The world’s most expensive guitar pick? A Kurt Cobain-signed plectrum, thought to have tracked the Nevermind demos, has sold at auction for over $14,000

Kurt Cobain (left) and the world’s most expensive guitar pick – used in 1990, to make the Nevermind demos
(Image credit: Kevin Mazur / Getty / Iconic Auctions)

A guitar pick that previously belonged to Kurt Cobain sold at auction last month for a final price of $14,678.

The sale concluded on June 10 and the price fetched by the orange Dunlop Tortex pick represents – as far as we can verify –  the highest ever paid for a guitar pick. So what makes it worth the money? 

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.