Kurt Cobain's Blue Sparkle Hagstrom Guitar Heads to Auction
Published Feb 16, 2017Nirvana fans who missed out on getting Kurt Cobain's In Utero tour guitar when it went up for auction last year are in luck, as another of the grunge icon's instruments has hit the auction block this month for charity.
The axe in question is a one-of-a-kind, left hand-converted Hagstrom Blue Sparkle Deluxe guitar, which came into Cobain's possession in 1992. A press release reveals it was given to him by Nirvana's primary guitar tech Earnie Bailey, who "hand-delivered the Hagstrom Blue Sparkle to Cobain in Seattle...at the musician's request."
Following Cobain's death in 1994, the guitar was gifted to another Seattle grunge figure by Courtney Love before ending up in the hands of Portland collector Nathan Fasold.
"The guitar has remained unplayed for decades, still baring the left-handed wear from its former owner," Fasold said in a statement. "When holding the guitar, it's easy to imagine the songs Cobain could have created with it. It's a true relic of the music icon."
The auction begins today (February 16) on eBay and runs for 10 days, closing on February 26 at 5 a.m. EST. Ten percent of auction proceeds are set to go to Transition Projects, a Portland non-profit that helps those who have experienced homelessness transition back into homes. You can visit the eBay auction page for further details here.
This isn't the first time one of Cobain's stringed instruments has gone to auction. A bass guitar used by the frontman to record early Nirvana demos fetched an auction price of $43,750 back in 2009.
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