Kurt Cobain: Guitar smashed by Nirvana frontman sells for nearly $600,000

A guitar smashed by Kurt Cobain, the late frontman of US rock band Nirvana, has sold at auction for nearly $600,000 (£480,000).

The busted black Fender Stratocaster had been expected to sell for a tenth of that amount at Saturday’s auction at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York.

Cobain, who took his own life in 1994, was known for his intense performances.

The guitar was destroyed as Nirvana was working on their break-out album Nevermind in the early 1990s.

It has been put back together but is no longer playable.

The instrument is signed by all three band members in a silver marker. It also features an affectionate inscription by Cobain to his friend and musical collaborator Mark Lanegan – who died last year.

Cobain, who often misspelt his own name, signed the instrument “Kurdt Kobain”.

The grunge pioneer is known to have smashed a number of Fender Stratocasters during his career.

“The man was angry, and you could feel that on stage. And you would feel that by the way he would treat…

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