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Late rock star’s guitar sells for record $6M at auction

Australian businessman purchases Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain’s 1959 Martin D-18E used in 1993 MTV performance

Fahri Aksut   | 22.06.2020
Late rock star’s guitar sells for record $6M at auction

ANKARA 

The guitar used by grunge rock band Nirvana's star performer Kurt Cobain in a 1993 MTV Unplugged performance was sold Sunday for a record price.

Australian businessman Peter Freedman paid $6,010,000 for the 1959 Martin D-18E guitar at an auction.

The initial price of the guitar, which Cobain played in November of that year, just five months before his death, was set at $1 million.

However, the world-famous singer's fans along with investors competed in the auction and broke a new world record.

The previous record for the most expensive guitar ever sold was for a 1969 black Fender Stratocaster that belonged to Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour which was sold for $3.95 million at an auction in 2019.

Cobain was an American singer, songwriter and musician who was born in 1967. The Nirvana frontman inspired a generation with his songs. In April 1994, he was found dead in his home at the age of 27 from suicide.

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