Kurt Cobain’s Iconic Skystang Guitar Becomes 8th Most Expensive Guitar In History
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Kurt Cobain’s iconic Fender Skystang I recently changed hands during a special auction hosted by Julien’s Auctions at the Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee. The guitar fetched an impressive $1,587,500 and now stands as the eighth most expensive guitar ever sold, with Japanese businessman Mitsuru Sato as the new owner.
Cobain’s connection to the Fender Skystang I goes beyond its hefty price. This particular guitar played a pivotal role in Nirvana’s “In Utero” touring cycle from 1993 to 1994, becoming a visual symbol of that era. The late musician’s spirited performances, notably the band’s final concert in Munich, Germany, on March 1, 1994, are immortalized by footage showcasing Cobain wielding the Skystang I. It’s not just a guitar; it’s a piece of music history.
Adding an interesting layer to the narrative, the list of the most expensive guitars ever sold is topped by another Cobain instrument. His 1959 Martin D-18E acoustic-electric guitar, which commanded an astounding $6 million, holds the record. This guitar gained fame during Nirvana’s unforgettable MTV Unplugged concert in 1993, cementing its status as a cultural artifact.
Sato’s Mission to Inspire
According to Guitar.com, Mitsuru Sato envisions opening a cafe that will serve as a showcase for numerous iconic instruments from musical history, with the Skystang I likely finding a prominent place there. Sato expressed his desire to pass on the essence of rock music to the next generation, stating:
“I want to pass on rock to the next generation in a real way. We would like to use this guitar to support the next generation aiming to pursue music.”
A noteworthy aspect is that a portion of the proceeds from the guitar’s sale will contribute to the “Kicking the Stigma” initiative, a mental health awareness program established by the Indianapolis Colts and the Jim Irsay family.
For those interested in delving deeper into the story of the Skystang I, additional details can be found in its auction lot at Julien’s Auctions.