Destroyed Nirvana bass guitar up for auction at $40,000

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2015-06-26 13:02:30

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Destroyed Nirvana bass guitar up for auction at $40,000

The bass guitar destroyed in Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit video will sell on November 29

The bass guitar that was destroyed in a Nirvana music video is to appear at Christie's on November 29, as part of the auctioneer'sPop Culture sale in London.

The auction will feature around 160 lots of important memorabilia from every decade of the 20th century, with both music and film items well represented.

Nirvana smashed bass guitar auctionNovoselic brought the instrument especially for the video

The instrument, which belonged to bassist Krist Novoselic, was purchased from a pawn shop especially for the filming of the famed Smells Like Teen Spirit video, with Novoselic well aware that it would be smashed into pieces during the shoot.

A 1960s Japanese Zen-On bass guitar in sunburst finish, the iconic lead singer Kurt Cobain can seen destroying it at the end of the video. It was rescued from the set by one of the band's teenage extras, who were enlisted to pose as bored high school students that eventually turn the gig into a riot.

The guitar is expected to sell for up to 25,000 ($40,257), accompanied by a letter of provenance.

The video for Smells Like Teen Spirit has since become internationally renowned, with Guinness World Records naming it the most played video on MTV Europe. It also placed at number four in VH1's 100 Greatest Videos list.

See our top five Kurt Cobain memorabilia list here.

Music memorabilia collectors will have the chance to bid on more unique items on November 6 in Bristol, UK, when the Beatles' Ivor Novello award for Yellow Submarine is expected to sell for more than 3,000 ($4,800). The award was first discovered in a derelict London office and thenused to prop open a door in the consignor's home.

Paul Fraser Collectibles has a brilliant selection of music memorabilia currently available, including a remarkable range of signed Beatles items.

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