Come as You Are: Unwashed Cobain Cardigan Fetches $334K

Late singer wore the sweater when Nirvana recorded 'Unplugged' album
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2019 9:00 AM CDT
Come as You Are: Unwashed Cobain Cardigan Fetches $334K
An olive green cardigan worn by Kurt Cobain during Nirvana's MTV "Unplugged" performance. The sweater, along with Cobain's custom Fender guitar, were among many items up for auction on Oct. 25 and 26.   (Julien's Auctions via AP)

It is, as the BBC puts it, a "stained, cigarette-burned cardigan unwashed in nearly three decades," and had you been a little more on top of the situation, it could have been yours for $334,000 on Saturday. The olive green, mohair cardigan in question commanded such a premium because it was worn by Kurt Cobain during Nirvana's iconic performance on MTV's Unplugged, leading the president of Julien's Auctions in New York to call it "the holy grail of any article of clothing that he ever wore." Indeed: The BBC notes that it's now the most expensive sweater ever sold. Also on the auction block was Cobain's custom, left-handed Fender guitar that he played during Nirvana's In Utero tour; that fetched a healthy $340,000. (More Kurt Cobain stories.)

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