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) - Unplugged In New York - 180gm - Sealed - UK - vinyl LP - £25.00, $34.00, €28.00 (New Item) (arrived 22-Feb-2021 13:01)on March 2, 2021 at 5:19 pm
NIRVANA Unplugged In New York (2017 UK limited edition 14-track LP pressed on 180gram Vinyl, originally released in 1994, the album features songs performed for MTV's Unplugged, including Come As You Are, All Apologies, Pennyroyal Tea,About A Girl and The Man Who Sold The World. Housed in a picture sleeve with illustrated credits inner - still sealed in its hype stickered shrinkwrap, therefore near as new and unplayed)
- Nirvana (US) - Nevermind - 180gm - UK - vinyl LP - £14.99, $20.39, €16.79 (New Item) (arrived 03-Feb-2021 15:28)on March 2, 2021 at 5:19 pm
NIRVANA Nevermind (2017 UK/EU 'Back To Black' series issue 12-track LP pressed on 180gram vinyl, their classic 1991 album including the hit singles Smells Like Teen Spirit, Come As You Are, Lithium & In Bloom. Housed in a deluxe replica picture sleeve with album credit inner. The sleeve & vinyl are Excellent with minimal wear & play)
- Nirvana (US) - Lithium + Sleeve - EX - UK - 12" picture disc - £30.00, $40.80, €33.60 (Back In Stock) (arrived 16-Dec-2020 09:59)on March 2, 2021 at 5:19 pm
NIRVANA Lithium (Scarce 1992 UK limited edition 3-track 12" Picture Disc single, also including a live version of Been A Son recorded at the Paramount Theatre, Seattle on 31 October 1991 plus the previously unreleased recording Curmudgeon.The glossy die-cut picture sleeve has some light generalwear whilst the disc shows only light signs of play DGCTP9)
- Nirvana (US) - In Bloom - UK - 12" picture disc - £50.00, $68.00, €56.00 (New Item) (arrived 21-Dec-2020 11:04)on March 2, 2021 at 5:19 pm
NIRVANA In Bloom (1992 UK Geffen limited edition 3-track 12" Picture Disc single, also including live versions of Sliver and Polly recorded at the O' Brien Pavilion, Del Mar, California on December 28th 1991, glossy die-cut picture sleeve GFSTP34)
- Nirvana (US) - Lithium + Sleeve - UK - 12" picture disc - £50.00, $68.00, €56.00 (New Item) (arrived 21-Dec-2020 11:06)on March 2, 2021 at 5:19 pm
NIRVANA Lithium (Scarce 1992 UK limited edition 3-track 12" Picture Disc single, includes a live version of 'Been A Son' recorded at the Paramount Theatre, Seattle on 31 October 1991, plus the previously unreleased 'Curmudgeon', housedin a die-cut picture sleeve DGCTP9)
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