Have you got any spare cash lying around? One of Kurt Cobain‘s guitars has gone up for auction on eBay, with a portion of proceeds going to charity.
The guitar in question is one of Cobain’s lesser known pieces of gear, a vintage Hagstrom Blue Sparkle Deluxe that Cobain owned from 1992 until he died in 1994.
Have you got any spare cash lying around? One of Kurt Cobain’s guitars has gone up for auction on eBay, with a portion of proceeds going to charity.
After Cobain died, Courtney Love gave the guitar to a friend of his, and eventually it made its way into the hands of the folks Black Book Guitars in Northern Portland; since the it has been been authenticated multiple times.
While Cobain didn’t play the guitar live – and it hasn’t reached the cult status of his Mustang, Jaguar or his own invention, the Jagstang – Nirvana’s technician Earnie Bailey said the guitar was dear to Kurt:
“In late 1992, [Cobain] was staying at the Inn at the Market in Seattle, and called to ask me if I could find him this specific model. After locating this one, I told him of several other 1960s Italian-made sparkle finish guitars in local shops, and he requested that I buy every one that I could find … After delivering the guitars to his hotel room, he stated that he was keeping the Hagstrom as a Christmas gift to himself, and giving the remaining guitars away to his friends.”
The guitar is currently on eBay and will run until February 26th.
10% of the winning bid will go to Transition Projects, a Portland-based nonprofit that helps more than 10,000 people every year transition from homelessness to housing.
Black Book Guitars owner Nate Fasold decided on the charity himself:
“What I like about Transitions is that it helps people in need transition from homelessness to housing. A lot of their population struggles with addiction, and adequate shelter is something that helps the people I work with at the trauma department at Oregon Health & Science University.”
Previously, Cobain’s Mosrite Mark IV Gospel Guitar sold for $131,000 in 2006 and his dirty cardigan sold for $140,800 in 2015.