The iconic green cardigan sweater worn by late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain for the band’s 1994 MTV Unplugged performance is going on the auction block for a second time — and it reportedly still hasn’t been washed.
Julien’s Auctions announced Wednesday (October 10th) that the sweater and a custom Fender guitar built in 1993 that Cobain used during Nirvana’s In Utero tour will both be auctioned this month. Julien’s spokesperson Darren Julien said about the sweater, “It’s very important that we don’t wash it. The stains are still there. There’s even cigarette burns that you can see on the sweater.”
The cardigan first sold at auction in 2015 for $137,000. The current owner of the sweater is apparently a businessman who prefers to remain anonymous. He kept the piece of unwashed clothing stored in acid-free tissue in a safe. The auction house now has it housed in similar tissue and a plastic case.
The cardigan will hit the auction block on October 25th with a pre-auction minimum bid of $200,000. It’s expected to sell for upwards of $300,000. Earlier this year, another Cobain cardigan from the In Utero era also sold for $75,000 USD.
As for the guitar, it is a turquoise-bodied left-handed Fender Mustang that was on display for several years at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It is expected to fetch between $300,000 and $500,000.