Kurt Cobain's 'MTV Unplugged' Sweater Goes For Record $334,000 At Auction
By Katrina Nattress
October 27, 2019
Kurt Cobain's famed green cardigan from Nirvana's MTV Unplugged performance went up for auction this week and sold for a whopping $334,000, setting a record for most expensive sweater ever sold at auction and more than doubling its final bid of $137,000 from just four years ago. The clothing item exceeded expectations, as it was projected to go for between $200-300,000.
The cardigan was sold by Julien's Auctions, which describes it as "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."
It came 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.
Also important to note, the sweater has never been washed. “It’s very important that we don’t wash it,” Darren Julien of Julien’s Auctions told Rolling Stone earlier this month. “The stains are still there. There’s even cigarettes burns that you can see on the sweater.”
Surprisingly, the sweater wasn't the highest selling possession of Cobain's over the weekend. The custom-built Fender Mustang guitar the Nirvana frontman played during the In Utero tour sold for $340,000. it came with a handwritten letter signed by Love stating this was one of her late husband's favorite guitars.
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