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A guitar belonging to Nirvana’s former singer Kurt Cobain will be on display at the Museum of Style Icons at Newbridge Silverware.

The classic right-hand turquoise Fender Mustang was used in the late singer’s music video Smells like Teen Spirit.

The world-renowned instrument will be displayed for the public in Newbridge Silverware located in Kildare between May 5 and May 7.

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Cobain’s artwork depicting Michael Jackson and his own “Nevermind Australian Tour 1992” personal backstage pass, which was laminated by Cobain, will also be displayed.

In the lead-up to the show, Martin Nolan of Julien’s Auctions declared: “Kurt Cobain was a massively influential person not only on the stage, but in popular culture as well. The acoustic guitar of Kurt Cobain was sold for record-breaking US$6 million in 2020. The guitar holds records for being the highest priced instrument ever purchased.

“This guitar is an electric Fender Mustang guitar from ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ was Kurt’s most favored guitar, and is now more famous and an significant instrument. The guitar was featured in the ‘Smells like Teen Spirit’ video, and in the recording of songs like ‘Nevermind’ as well as In Utero.

Kurt Cobain
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“This guitar has been on display at the MoPop Museum in Seattle since 2010. In my opinion this guitar could beat the current world record for a guitar sold at auction and could sell for in excess of US $10 million.”

The rock singer’s Irish roots are well-known and, while Cobain claimed that his family came from County Cork, his ancestors actually came into the US through Carrickmore, County Tyrone, in 1875.

The guitar, along with the other items from Kurt Cobain as well as Nirvana items will be offered to auction through Julien’s Auctions in a star-studded auction held at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York from May 20 through May 22.

The executive director for Julien’s Martin Nolan said: “We consider this guitar to be not only the most important artifact to ever come to auction of Kurt Cobain or Nirvana, it’s also currently the single most important piece of pop culture history to come to auction. The video of Kurt playing this guitar has been viewed some two billion times and is culturally one of the most influential moments in rock-n-roll.”

The exhibition is available for visit on display at the Museum of Style Icons, Newbridge Silverware, Newbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland from May 5th, 2016 until 7 May 2022 on a Saturday.

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