Julien’s Auctions posted the Kurt Cobain and Eric Clapton guitars to be auctioned on November. The guitars are included among the other posted memorabilia available for bidding.
Julien’s Auctions posted music artists Kurt Cobain and Eric Clapton guitars on its website, which will be available for bidding in November.
The Beatles’ George Harrison gave Clapton’s “The Fool” guitar after the latter’s guitar was stolen. “The Fool” features psychedelic art painted all over the instrument. Additionally, the guitar makes a unique and distinct sound.
Meanwhile, Cobain played the other auctioned guitar, “SkyStang I,” during his final performance in his band Nirvana’s In Utero tour.
Played, Worn, & Torn: Rock ‘N’ Roll Iconic Guitars and Memorabilia
Julien’s Auctions announced the auction on its website, titled Played, Worn, & Torn: Rock ‘N’ Roll Iconic Guitars and Memorabilia.
The auction includes the “most extraordinary” collection of items from iconic musicians in the industry. The event lists Kurt Cobain and Eric Clapton guitars available for bidding next month.
The auction takes place from November 16 to 18, with both online sessions and a live session at Nashville’s Hard Rock Cafe.
Clapton’s psychedelic-painted guitar, “The Fool”
Julien’s Auctions’ founder Martin Nolan said that “The Fool” guitar creates the famous “woman tone” that even today’s guitar players try to recreate.
British rock band Cream manager Robert Stigwood commissioned Dutch artists Marijke Koger and Simon Posthuma to create a custom-painted set of psychedelic instruments in 1967. Stigwood meant this for the band’s upcoming United States tour. The Dutch artists did so, thus “The Fool” guitar came to life.
The Beatles’ Harrison gave the guitar to Clapton and used it as one of his main instruments with Cream where he was the guitarist.
The guitar expects to fetch an estimate of $1 million to $2 million when they go up for auction.
Cobain’s ‘workhorse’, the SkyStang I
Cobain used the SkyStang on his last public performance during his band Nirvana’s In Utero concert tour. He used the guitar repetitively during the tour, so it was dubbed to be his ‘workhorse.’
Reuters reported that the guitar still has the same strings, including the black tape covering the brand name ‘Fender. Cobain hated corporate branding as per Nolan.
The auction includes a few belongings from Cobain as well, such as his cardigan, jeans, and a pack of cigarettes.
The guitar expects to make an estimate of $1 million to $2 million, like Clapton’s.
Banner photo via Instagram @nirvanaguitars.