Celebrity items put up for auction

Kurt Cobain's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' blue Fender sells for impressive US$4.5 million

Stars Insider

24/05/22 | StarsInsider

CELEBRITY Famous

Celebrity items are often put up for auction in order to raise money for NGOs and foundations, and sometimes they're simply sold to the highest bidder because they're seen as valuable cultural artifacts.

Arguably Kurt Cobain's most famous guitar, the blue 1969 Fender Mustang featured in Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' video, was put up for auction with an estimated bid of US$600,000 but ended up selling for much, much more. The guitar, which was also used in recording sessions for the band's 'Nevermind' and 'In Utero' albums went for a staggering US$4.5 million! 

The instrument was auctioned off at Julien's on May 22 to the Jim Irsay Collection (the Indianapolis Colts owner) after what was reportedly a major bidding war, according to TMZ. Proceeds from the sale will go to both Cobain's estate and charity, including support of Mental Health Awareness Month and the Kicking the Stigma organization.

Click through to see the other celebrity items—from used tissues to kidney stones—for which people have paid eye-watering amounts of money.

All amounts in USD.

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