You can now buy a Kurt Cobain-used Tortex pick - for $400

Kurt Cobain performs live
(Image credit: Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage / Gotta Have Rock and Roll)

There has been an awful lot of Kurt Cobain gear going up for sale lately. Last month alone, the Nirvana frontman's battered Boss DS-1 Distortion pedal sold for $9,000, while his MTV Unplugged Martin D-18E set a new record for a guitar sold at auction, reeling in a whopping $6m.

But now there’s a piece of Cobain gear you might just be able to afford… although it’s not quite as unique.

Up for sale at Gotta Have Rock and Roll is a Kurt Cobain stage-used Dunlop Tortex .60mm guitar pick, estimated to sell for $500-$700, with bids starting at $400.

And while you might claim to have an identical pick in your pocket right this very second, this particular plectrum comes from the collection of Cobain guitar tech Jim Vincent.

According to the listing, the pick is in “very good condition”, and comes with a letter of provenance and a Certificate of Authenticity.

To bid, head over to Gotta Have Rock and Roll.

The same memorabilia site is also playing host to auctions of Prince’s custom “Goldfinger” gold-leaf prototype Fender Stratocaster (est. $2m-$3m) and Elvis’s iconic “Sun Sessions” Martin D-18 (est. $2m-$3m).

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.