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) - Sub Pop Rock City - German - vinyl LP - £45.00, $56.25, €53.10 (New Item) (arrived 17-May-2022 09:41)on May 20, 2022 at 5:25 am
NIRVANA/ VARIOUS Sub Pop Rock City (1989 German issue 11-track vinyl LP compilation, notable for including the first ever Nirvana track to be released, 'Spank Thru'. Also includes further songs by Mudhoney, Tad, Soundgarden and Green River, housed in a full glossy gatefold sleeve with rare pictures of each band across the inner spread. The sleeve shows light discolouration, whilst the vinyl is Excellent with very few signs of play - A nice slice of the Seattle/grungescene history!GR0052)
- Nirvana (US) - Nirvana - Smoke Vinyl - Sealed - US - vinyl LP - £75.00, $93.75, €88.50 (New Item) (arrived 27-Apr-2022 15:40)on May 20, 2022 at 5:25 am
NIRVANA Nirvana (Scarce 2020 US limited edition 14-track LP reissue of their 2002 compilation album, pressed on Smoky Vinyl exclusively for Walmart Stores; including a collection of songs from their three studio albums and the live album 'MTV Unplugged in New York', plus the previously unreleased 'You Know You're Right', recorded in 1994 during Nirvana's final studio session, a version of 'Been a Son' plus the Scott Litt remix of 'Pennyroyal Tea'. The vinyl is UNPLAYED housed in the black & white-titled sleeve which remains sealed within the custom-stickered shrinkwrap)
- Nirvana (US) - Nevermind - German - cassette album - £25.00, $31.25, €29.50 (New Item) (arrived 07-Apr-2022 13:01)on May 20, 2022 at 5:25 am
NIRVANA Nevermind (Original 1991 German Geffen label 12-track cassette album, with fold-out picture insert GEC24425)
- Nirvana (US) - Smells Like Teen Spirit - Injection Labels - UK - 7" vinyl - £20.00, $25.00, €23.60 (New Item) (arrived 07-Apr-2022 12:38)on May 20, 2022 at 5:25 am
NIRVANA Smells Like Teen Spirit (Classic 1991 UK injection moulded 7" vinyl single, also including Drain You [LP Version]. The paper picture sleeve has their 1991 UK tour dates printed on the reverse and displays just minimal shelfwear while thevinyl remains excellent with few signs of play DGCS5)
- Nirvana (US) - On Reflection - Book + DVD - Sealed - UK - DVD - £19.99, $24.99, €23.59 (New Item) (arrived 04-Apr-2022 09:58)on May 20, 2022 at 5:25 am
NIRVANA On Reflection (2017 UK limited edition hardback book together with two DVDs providing an insight into the unique journey of Nirvana from its formation in Seattle through their time as the world's most important rock act. Additionally,one of the DVDs also features a critical review of the band and their music and draw on the opinion of a team of Nirvana insiders and leading experts. Both discs are nestled within the illustrated book which remains sealed within its original shrinkwrap ENB0308)
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