An unwashed cardigan, owned by the late Kurt Cobain has sold for a shocking $526,000.
The cardigan was worn by rock band Nirvana’s lead singer at an iconic MTV Unplugged set in 1993, which has since become one of the band’s most-watched recorded performances.
This week, the cigarette-burnt cardigan was at the front of a bidding war between dedicated fans at Julien’s Auction. The cardigan was described by Rolling Stone as smelling like a “grandmas musty attic”, burnt twice by cigarettes and missing a button. Regardless, the iconic cardigan was sold for just over half a million.
The olive green cardigan was previously owned by Garrett Kletjian, the owner of professional race car team Forty7 Motorsports who bought the item for $201,000.
Kletjian admitted that he had tried the cardigan on once, but took it off after 40 seconds.
“It’s kind of a weird, powerful thing when you do something like that, when we put on somebody else’s clothes,” he explained.
“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.'”
Other iconic items were up for grabs in the “Icons & Idols: Rock ‘n’ Roll” auction including pieces from Elvis Presley, Madonna, The Rolling Stones and Michael Jackson. Cobain’s cardigan was put up for auction to mark 25 years since his death.
The 27-year-old was found dead by at his Seattle home by an electrician who had come to fix Cobain’s home security system. He had shot himself in the head and was found to have an excessive amount of heroin in his system.
It is unknown who the new owner of the cardigan is.