Kurt Cobain’s Guitar, Iggy Pop’s Pants, and More Go for Big Bucks at Auction

The shell of a Nine Inch Nails synth and Eddie Van Halen’s axe also found new homes.

Rock and roll is alive and well at Julien’s Auctions, where a slew of rare rock artifacts sold for some eye-popping prices yesterday. The Icons & Idols: Rock ‘N’ Roll auction was a fast and furious affair, with the auction house posting the results on social media.

The biggest item of the day was by far an Eddie Van Halen–owned and stage-played Kramer electric guitar, signed by the late music legend himself. The axe pulled a whopping $231,250.

Kurt Cobain also commanded six figures, with a smashed-up and signed Fender Stratocaster going to the high bid of $153,600. Another Strat Cobain played onstage pulled $128,000.

One of the coolest pieces to sell: what’s left of a synthesizer that was used onstage by Nine Inch Nails, signed by every member of the touring band at the time, including Trent Reznor himself. It went for $11,520.

Another particularly nice piece: the silver metallic pants worn by Iggy Pop on the cover of the Stooges’ Raw Power album, as well as onstage. It took a bid of $70,400 to walk away with those historic trousers.

See more of the amazing items (including Jackson 5 stage-wear and a necklace worn by Prince) that were sold via the Julien’s Auctions Twitter account here.


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