May 12, 2020 - 11:03 AMT
Kurt Cobain's MTV Unplugged guitar up for auction

The guitar used by Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain during the band’s famous MTV Unplugged in New York concert is going under the hammer, with a starting estimate of $1m, The Guardian reports.

The 1959 Martin D-18E featured in the grunge group’s performance in November 1993, five months before Cobain’s death at the age of 27.

Nirvana’s Unplugged performance remains one of the band’s best-known, while the accompanying album is widely acclaimed.

The guitar is the headline item for the Music Icons event to be hosted by Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills in June.

Cobain’s guitar comes with the original hard-shell case decorated by the singer-songwriter with a flyer from the punk rock band Poison Idea’s 1990 album Feel the Darkness.

Three baggage claim ticket stubs are attached to the handle, along with an Alaska Airlines sticker affixed to the case. The storage compartment contains Cobain’s half-used pack of guitar strings, picks and a suede “stash bag”.

Along with the Unplugged guitar, the Music Icons sale will feature other Nirvana lots included a Fender Strat used by Cobain during the 1994 In Utero tour and the silver lamé shirt he wore in the band’s Heart-Shaped Box video.