Iconic items from Kurt Cobain, Prince, and Van Halen go up at auction

More than 1,000 items from musical legends will be up for sale at the Music Icons Auction in Beverly Hills, from 11-13 June.

Ever wanted to own a guitar played by Van Halen? How about Britney Spears’ handwritten letters to her high school boyfriend, or what about Prince’s 1994 Blue Cloud Electric Guitar?!

Well, they can all be yours… for as little as $25!!!

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Amongst these beauties are other iconic memorabilia from the likes of Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, Kurt Cobain, Bob Dylan, Lady Gaga, Whitney Houston, Cher, Madonna and much more. The occasion will take place at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, California.

For all of those who do not live in Beverly Hills, DO NOT FEAR. The auction will also be live, for your viewing pleasure.


The auction will feature unique, one-off pieces, including Alex Van Halen’s custom-designed Ludwig drum kit.

The kit was played in over 100 Van Halen shows, during their 1980 “Invasion Tour”. If that’s not exclusive enough for you, it is the first and only Van Halen drum kit to ever feature in the auction.

Additionally, the selling price will be going to the charity via the Frangioni Foundation and Mr Holland’s Opus. With a hefty $200,000 – $300,000 sale estimate, things could be looking up for these charities.

Other instruments that once belonged to big names, including Blondie and KISS, will also be available.

Costumes and outfits worn by the likes of Cher, Lady Gaga, Destiny’s Child and Miley Cyrus will feature, along with handwritten lyrics and caricatures by Elton John and Kurt Cobain.

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Cher’s memorable Bob Mackie-designed bodysuit with sheer, black panelling, appeared in her 1989 music video, If I Could Turn Back Time.

The outfit, which previously sold for $60,000 in 2006, will be up for grabs again at this year’s auction.

With just over two weeks till the auction begins, biddings have already started. If you’re dying to get your hands on that signed booklet by Whitney Houston or that cute Lady Gaga fit that emits some strong 60’s vibes, then start bidding!

You can peep the full catalogue ‘here‘.