Kurt Cobain’s iconic ‘Unplugged’ cardigan sold for over half a million bucks

Kurt Cobain 29/10/2019

Kurt Cobain's green cardigan from Nirvana's live 1993 MTV Unplugged performance has sold, setting a new record for the most expensive sweater ever auctioned.

The olive-green Manhattan brand cardigan, once owned by the late Nirvana frontman, was sold for a staggering US$334,000 (NZ$526,067) by Julien's Auctions at New York's Hard Rock Cafe on Saturday (local time) - doubling its final-bid sale price from November 2015.

Four years ago, the acrylic, mohair and lycra blend with a missing button and a burn hole sold for US$137,500 (NZ$216,569) through Julien's Auctions, greatly exceeding the sweater's estimated US$60,000 pre-auction value. The sweater swiftly surpassed its US$200,000 minimum bid ahead of this weekend's auction, with its pre-bidding estimate sitting at US$300,000.

The cardigan, complete with "discolouration near [its] left pocket", "discolouration on [its] right pocket" and "cigarette burns", was left unwashed by Julien's Auctions.

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