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Kurt Cobain’s cardigan from ‘MTV Unplugged” up for auction


Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 3:32 PM

Kurt Cobain wore the green sweater during Nirvana’s taping for “MTV Unplugged” in 1993.Frank Micelotta/Getty Images

Kurt Cobain wore the green sweater during Nirvana’s taping for “MTV Unplugged” in 1993.

Smells like green fabric.

The swamp-hued cardigan worn by Kurt Cobain at Nirvana’s legendary 1993 “MTV Unplugged” taping can now be yours – for a bid of at least $ 20,000 in an auction of hundreds of top rock relics later this week.

The vintage keepsake – a blend of acrylic, mohair and Lycra that was sold by a brand called Manhattan – was donated by a family friend of the Nirvana lead singer.

Given that it belonged to the God of Grunge, don’t be surprised that it’s missing a button and there’s “a burn hole and discoloration near left pocket and discoloration on right pocket,” according to Julien’s Live, the auction company.

Nirvana’s November, 1993, performance on “MTV Plugged” more than two decades ago is widely considered one the best live shows of all time, especially considering the band performed the entire 14-song set in one take.

The New York City concert was recorded four months before Cobain committed suicide and was later released as the band’s first posthumous record. It debuted atop the Billboard chart and later earned the Grammy for best alternative album.

Nirvana fans can also bid on a lock of Cobain’s blonde hair at the auction, which kicks off on Nov. 7. The frontman’s 10-inch golden tresses are expected to fetch as much as $ 10,000.

Some other great chunks of rock history are also on the block:

n John Lennon’s acoustic Gibson J-160E guitar, which he used for seminal Beatles tracks such as “Please Please Me,” starts at $ 300,000. It expected to go for hundreds of thousands more.

It could have been yours for a lot less: Someone bought it from a music store in 1967 — not realizing it was Lennon’s. Four decades later, its past was revealed.

“There is no doubt that this guitar was Lennon’s most important guitar in the early days of The Beatles,” said author Andy Babiuk, who published a reference book titled ‘Beatles Gear’ in 2002.

“I can tell you, there has never been another guitar like this offered up for auction.”

BULLET: Handwritten lyrics for Pearl Jam’s 1995 song “Long Road,” penned by lead singer Eddie Vedder (starting at $ 750).

BULLET: A 24-karat gold piano owned by the king of rock and roll, Elvis Presley ($ 250,000).

BULLET: Black, space-inspired pajamas worn by Michael Jackson in his 1989 music video for “Leave Me Alone” ($ 1,000).

BULLET: A baseball signed by all four members of The Beatles in 1966, ($ 40,000).

BULLET: A handwritten letter by Beatles guitarist George Harrison to a fan named Linda “Lindy” Ness from The Cavern Club in 1962 (3,000).

“Cheerio, lots of love from George,” he wrote.

Entertainment – NY Daily News

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