Kurt Cobain’s guitar is up for auction on eBay

Mia Steiber 17 February 2017 NEWS

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This is not a drill or a prank. The guitar is taking bids now and it's open to members of the public.

20 February would have been the day that Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain turned 50. In honour of this day, a one-of-a-kind guitar played and owned by Cobain will be available for auction on eBay.

The auction officially started today and will run for 10 days concluding on 27 February. Fans and interested parties can get to eBay here to view the auction listing.

The guitar is a Hagstrom Blue Sparkle Deluxe and came into Cobain’s possession in late 1992. After Cobain's death the guitar landed in the hands of a Portland-based collector. Now, at a time when authentic Nirvana memorabilia has become increasingly coveted, the exclusive auction is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for fans and collectors around the world to own a piece of rock history. The guitar has been authenticated by Earnie Bailey who is an authority on Kurt Cobain guitars and was Nirvana’s primary guitar technician.

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The sale of this coveted guitar comes at a time when Nirvana memorabilia is more popular than ever. In 2016, Australian sales of Nirvana records on eBay increased by 92%, compared to 10 years prior. In addition, eBay found that in the last decade alone local Aussie sales of Nirvana T-shirts and apparel have grown more than 323%, solidifying the enduring legacy the band has imprinted on pop culture.

In fact, Nirvana vinyl and apparel sales on eBay spiked worldwide in 2014 and 2015, with increased enthusiasm likely motivated by Nirvana’s 2014 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, as well as the 2015 release of HBO’s documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck.

eBay is expecting a significant amount of interest in this collectors item. Guitars are a popular item among eBay consumers – nearly 400,000 guitars were purchased on eBay in Australia over the last decade. The top five eBay markets for sales of Nirvana merchandise include the USA, UK, Australia, Germany and Canada.

Cobain died at the age of 27 under circumstances deemed to be a suicide but still trigger controversy to this day. He was the front man for Nirvana from 1987 until 1994 when he died. Nirvana was one of the first bands to emerge from Seattle's budding music scene and launched the garage band and grunge music movement into the mainstream.

To honour Cobain’s legacy, 10% of proceeds from the auction will benefit Portland’s Transitions Projects, helping people transition from homelessness to housing.

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