The grey argyle patterned item, which the grunge rock star wore at a pre-In Utero photo session in the summer of 1993, more than doubled its pre-auction estimate of between $10,000 (£8,000) and $20,000 (16,000) on Saturday, Julien’s Auctions said.
Photographs of Cobain wearing the jumper, captured by photographer Jesse Frohman, also featured in his photobook Kurt Cobain: The Last session.
“The shoot was meant to take place in Central Park in New York City, but due to Cobain being sick just hours before, the shoot was relocated to the basement of the hotel where the band was staying,” auction notes for the item revealed.
“Cobain showed up three hours late to the shoot and immediately asked for a bucket due to his nausea.”
Its sale comes 25 years after the iconic singer took his own life on 5 April 1994 in the garage of his home in Seattle, Washington. He was 27.
According to Rolling Stone, Cobain’s widow, Courtney Love, gave the garment to an acquaintance following his funeral.
The jumper’s sale price, despite beating expectations, still falls second behind the amount fetched for Cobain’s green cardigan from Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged performance, which sold for $137,000 (£107,000) at auction in 2015.
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- Nirvana (US) - Live At The Paramount - 180gm - US - 2-LP vinyl set - £35.00, $43.40, €39.90 (New Item) (arrived 17-Jan-2023 12:35)on January 30, 2023 at 1:55 am
NIRVANA Live At The Paramount (2019 US 19-track double LP pressed on 180 gram vinyl, recorded live at The Paramount in Seattle, WA on 31st October 1991. Housed in a gatefold picture sleeve with double-sided fold-out poster. The sleeve has a notable corner crease with otherwise very little wear whilst the vinyl looks seldom played B0029541-01)
- Nirvana (US) - Unplugged In New York - US - 2-LP vinyl set - £65.00, $80.60, €74.10 (New Item) (arrived 17-Jan-2023 12:08)on January 30, 2023 at 1:55 am
NIRVANA Unplugged In New York (2019 US 25th Anniversary issue 19-track 2-LP set pressed on 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl, featuring stripped-down acoustic recordings captured live at MTV's New York studios in November 1993 including their unique cover versions of Meat Puppets, David Bowie and Vaselines tracks plus five bonus rehersal recordings, embossed gatefold picture sleeve. The sleeve does have a couple of edge creases and remains in excellent condition, while the vinyl looks rarely played)
- Nirvana (US) - Sliver - Translucent Turquoise Vinyl - US - 7" vinyl - £75.00, $93.00, €85.50 (New Item) (arrived 12-Jan-2023 16:52)on January 30, 2023 at 1:55 am
NIRVANA Sliver (1990 US Sub Pop label translucent TURQUOISE VINYL 7" single including Dive, housed in a glossy picture sleeve. The sleeve shows just a little edge scuffing and the vinyl is near as new SP73)
- Nirvana (US) - In Utero - 180 Gram Vinyl - UK - 3-LP vinyl set - £175.00, $217.00, €199.50 (New Item) (arrived 09-Nov-2022 11:25)on January 30, 2023 at 1:55 am
NIRVANA In Utero (2013 UK limited edition 20-track triple LP set pressed on 180 Gram Vinyl, released to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the third and final studio album by the American grunge band, which was originally released on the 13th September 1993. This edition features the remastered edition of the album along with B-Sides & Bonus Tracks including the previously unreleased Steve Albini mixes. Fold-out picture sleeve which is still factory sealed from new, leavingit Mint and unplayed!)
- Nirvana (US) - Classic Albums: Nevermind - US - Universal Media - £12.99, $16.11, €14.81 (Back In Stock) (arrived 28-Oct-2022 15:38)on January 30, 2023 at 1:55 am
NIRVANA Classic Albums: Nevermind (2004 US issue Region 0 UMD [Universal Media Disc - designed exclusively for use on the Playstation Portable/PSP], featuring surviving members Krist Novoselic & Dave Grohl talking candidly about their past, the recording of 'Nevermind', Kurt Cobain and the legacy he left behind with exclusive interviews with Garry Gersh [A&R DGC Records], Thurston Moore [Sonic Youth], Nils Bernstein [Sub Pop Records] plus bonus material including additional interviews and a live performance of 'Polly'. The disc comes issued in the sealed casing with a deletion punch hole to the barcode of the picture insert)
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