Kurt Cobain’s iconic cardigan just sold for almost half a million

Someone just bought the cardigan worn by Kurt Cobain during Nirvana’s 1993 MTV Unplugged performance, making it the most expensive sweater ever sold at auction.

The green mohair cardigan that Kurt Cobain wore during his MTV Unplugged performance with Nirvana has just sold for an incredible $490,000 AUD.

The cardigan, which was snapped up at Julien’s Auctions at New York’s Hard Rock Cafe over the weekend, has reportedly become the most expensive sweater ever to be sold at auction.

The iconic piece of clothing remains unwashed since Cobain last wore it, and bears a cigarette burn, discoloration around the pockets, and a missing button.

“Kurt created the grunge look; he didn’t wear show clothes,” President of Julien’s Auctions, Darren Julien, said at a New York exhibition preview of the auction. He described the cardigan as “the holy grail of any article of clothing that he ever wore”.

Other items sold at the two-day auction include one of Cobain’s custom Fenders, which sold for just slightly more than the cardigan, as well as memorabilia from Bob Dylan, Madonna, Queen, Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, and more.

Upon Cobain’s death, the cardigan was given to Jackie Farry, a close family friend, and nanny to Francis Bean Cobain, by Courtney Love. The cardigan was accompanied by a handwritten note from Farry when it was sold at auction.

You can see Cobain wearing the cardigan below in the MTV Unplugged performance, recorded just five months before the singer committed suicide in April 1994.

To find out more, head over to Julien’s Auctions.