The guitar that Kurt Cobain allegedly played on Nirvana’s final U.S. tour is up for auction, according to Diffuser. Bidding on the black-and-white Fender Stratocaster opened at $85,000, but the axe is expected to go for as much as $170,000. Bidding closes on May 20th, with the instrument on the block at Cooper Owen.

The previous owner, Guillaume Enault, claims that Cobain gave him the guitar after Nirvana’s show in Rennes, France, on Feb. 16th, 1994, a little under two months before the singer’s death. According to Enault’s research, Cobain had five identical left-handed, black-and-white Fender Stratocasters designated for “end of set jamming and destruction.” Enault believes that Cobain last used the guitar on the band’s final U.S. tour in 1993 before bringing it to Europe.

  • Enault says that the guitar in his possession is “one of the two that were played and smashed but repaired and still fully playable.”
  • Previous Cobain memorabilia that has gone on the auction block has included the cardigan he wore during Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged taping, gold and platinum album award plaques forNevermind and In Utero, and even a lock of the artist’s hair, although that was withdrawn before anyone could bid on it.
  • The cardigan sold for more than $130,000, while the awards went for $1,000 apiece.
  • Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic told us a while back that he finds aspects of the fascination with his former bandmate unsettling: [“There’s a cult that’s developed around the media perception of the person, Kurt Cobain, which has nothing to do with the person I knew (laughs). You know, it’s a cult of personality, the cult of celebrity. Nirvana really impacted a lot of people and connected with a lot of people, and when you deal with things on that level, it’s very positive, but there’s some negative aspects of it too, like, you know, just obsession.”] SOUNDCUE (:25 OC: . . . know, just obsession.)
  • Novoselic, Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, Nirvana guitarist Pat Smear and Beck recently covered David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold The World” at a pre-Grammy party in February.
  • This was the first time the surviving Nirvana members performed together since their 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, and the first time they covered “The Man Who Sold The World” since Cobain’s death.

    INTERNET COMMENTS at Alternative Nation — agree or not?

    Raj wrote: “I don’t think it’s an unbelievable price, it’s all relative.”

    Jackie Blue wrote: “Guitars owned by Bob Marley, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon etc. were auctioned in the range of $500K – $1 million USD. So for a Cobain Fender stratocaster to be worth a fraction of that seems on par.”

    ghkdtjdguq1 wrote: “I just want it to be sold around $200,000.”