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Kurt Cobain's Unwashed Cardigan From 1993 Unplugged Session Sells For $489,000

Kurt Cobain's Unwashed Cardigan From 1993 Unplugged Session Sells For $489,000

When people look back over Nirvana's live performances, chances are they'll find themselves looking at the band's 1993 MTV Unplugged session.

The band released the performance as an album, which was released seven months after singer Kurt Cobain's death in April 1994.

It was a chilling, beautiful and intense set from the band as they took it down a notch for an acoustic performance

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While many people will remember the music, it seems like there is money to be made from other parts of the performance - and someone has just made a killing.

Julien's Auction hosted a bidding war for the cardigan that Kurt Cobain wore during the show and it's just been sold for close to half a million dollars.

According to Rolling Stone, the cardigan has a missing button and two cigarette burns and it smells like a grandmother's musty attic.

It was one of more than a dozen items of music memorabilia being put up for the highest bidder, with other collectibles from Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Michael Jackson and Madonna also going under the hammer.

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Credit: MTV
Credit: MTV

But incredibly it was Cobain's vintage olive-green cardigan that went for a whopping $489,000.

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The auction house described it a jacket 'worn at Nirvana's most defining performance and one of rock history's best live performances ever recorded, on MTV's Unplugged in New York'. Not bad to grab a slice of history.

According to the BBC, it's now become the most expensive cardigan ever sold. The last time it was sold it fetched $201,000.

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Garrett Kletjian, the owner of professional race car team Forty7 Motorsports, bought it and kept it in a locked gun safe.

Credit: MTV
Credit: MTV
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He told Rolling Stone: "I opened it up and it immediately hits me: 'Oh, now I'm also going to be responsible for this.' It was kind of like when my children were born years ago; I was so happy to see them, but then I was like, 'Oh no...'"

Kletjian confirmed that in the years that he's owned it, he's only put it on once and that was for less than 40 seconds.

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He added: "It's kind of a weird, powerful thing when you do something like that, when we put on somebody else's [clothes].

"It's like when they say you should walk in somebody else's shoes. When I put that on, I was like, 'Ah, no. God, I don't want to wear this.'"

It'll be interesting to see whether the new owner of the cardigan puts it on.

Featured Image Credit: MTV

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