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 Nevermind (2011 UK Deluxe Edition double CD set comprising a digitally remastered version of their classic album featuring the singles Smells Like Teen Spirit, Come As You Are, Lithium and In Bloom along with bonus recordings including B-sides, The Smart Studio Sessions, The Boombox Rehearsals and BBC Sessions. The discs are UNPLAYED in the sealed & hype-stickered fold-out picture digipak sleeve which comes complete with the picture booklet containing extensive sleevenotes & unreleased photographs)
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