Kurt Cobain's 'MTV Unplugged' Sweater Is Heading Back To Auction
By Katrina Nattress
October 9, 2019
Four years ago an anonymous businessman bought the green cardigan Kurt Cobain famously wore during Nirvana's MTV Unplugged session for $137,500, and now the iconic piece of clothing is up for auction again — and still hasn't been washed.
“It’s very important that we don’t wash it,” Darren Julien of Julien’s Auctions told Rolling Stone. “The stains are still there. There’s even cigarettes burns that you can see on the sweater.”
The auction begins October 25 with a starting bid of $50,000, though the site estimates the cardigan will go for $200-300,000. As Julien's Auctions describes, "The Manhattan brand sweater is a blend of acrylic, mohair and Lycra with five-button closure (one button absent) with two exterior pockets, a burn hole and discoloration near left pocket and discoloration on right pocket."
The sweater comes with a handwritten letter of provenance from Jackie Farry, Frances Bean Cobain’s nanny and a close friend of Courtney Love, who gifted Farry with the sweater when her husband died in April 1994.
Julien’s Icons and Idols auction will also feature one of the custom-built guitars Cobain played during the In Utero tour, along with a handwritten letter signed by Love stating this was one of her husband's favorite guitars.
These haven't been Cobain's only possessions to hit the auction block this year. Back in March the hospital gown he wore during the band's 1992 Reading Festival performance was sold via RR Auctions.
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