Nirvana collectibles and memorabilia
Nirvana collectibles and memorabilia are items relating to the influential U.S rock band Nirvana.
Nirvana is considered to be one of the most influential bands to come out of the 1990s. Nirvana was formed in Aberdeen, Washington (just 100 miles from Seattle), and the band's sound was influenced by the likes of Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and the Vaselines.
The band reached internationally fame after the release of their 1991 hit album Nevermind which featured hits such as "Smells Like Teen Spirit," "Come As You Are," "In Bloom" and "Lithium."
Originally the band consisted of Kurt Cobain on guitar and vocals, Krist Novoselic on bass and Chad Channing on drums, however, Dave Grohl (now known for his Foo Fighters fame) replaced Channing in 1990.
After Cobain's death in 1994, Nirvana permanently disbanded and Novoselic went on to pursue a career in politics while Grohl formed the Foo Fighters and more recently has become involved in different musical groups like the Queens of the Stone Age and Them Crooked Vultures, to name a few.
Types of memorabilia
Heritage Auctions sold Cobain's Mosrite Gospel Mark IV guitar for $131,000 in 2006, and his 1953 Martin D-18 guitar was sold for $29,875 USD in 2007.
Kurt Cobain's smashed Fender Mustang guitar was sold by Sluggo’s for $100,000 in 2008.
Christie's in New York sold one of Kurt Cobain's bass guitars for $43,750 in 2009 as well as a Super-Pro (model PE505P) SM58 microphone used by Kurt Cobain during Nirvana's last recording session in 1994 for $8,125 in June of 2009. Christie's in London also sold a broken piece of Dave Grohl's first drum kit for $13,325 in June of 2011.
Christie's in New York sold a black leather jacket signed by all three Nirvana members for $12,500 in June of 2009.
Christie's in New York sold a "rare example" of Nirvana's first single "Love Buzz" accompanied with an original Sub Pop flyer for $3,750 in June of 2009.
Christie's in New York sold a promotional poster welcoming Nirvana to Singapore which was signed by all of the Nirvana members for $3,250 in November of 2007, as well as a promotional poster for Nirvana's Nevermind album which was signed all three members of Nirvana for $4,000 in November of 2008.
Christie's in New York sold a music award given to Nirvana for record sales of the album Nevermind (which was also signed by all three Nirvana members) for $4,830 in April of 1995.
Julien's in California old an MTV "Moon Man" video music award which was given to Nirvana for "Best Alternative Video" in 1992 for $7,500 in August of 2004.
Christie's in New York sold a Me magazine cover signed by Kurt Cobain and Dave Grohl for $2,000 in November of 2007.
Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas sold one of Kurt Cobain's wrist watches for $29,000 in October of 2008.
A personal letter written by Kurt Cobain to MTV was sold by Julien’s in Beverly Hills for $12,800 in 2010, and a fax letter written by Kurt Cobain to his future wife Courtney Love (circa 1991) was sold by Christie's for $19,120 in 2004.
Christie's in New York also sold a mimeographed typescript letter which was signed by all three members of Nirvana for $1,500 in November of 2007.
Julien's in Beverly Hills sold a childhood drawing of Ronald Reagan by Kurt Cobain for $14,400 in August of 2004.
Christie's in New York also sold an original Nirvana concert flyer for $2,750 in June of 2009.
Phillips de Pury & Company in New York sold one of Cobain's artwork (circa 1982) for £11,000 in November of 2009.
Guide for collectors
Memorabilia that was owned, played or used by Kurt Cobain is considered to be rare and more valuable than those owned, played or used by Novoselic and Grohl.
Autographed photographs of Kurt Cobain are also usually more valuable than authentic Kurt Cobain signatures, and other valuable memorabilia include Cobain’s clothing, instruments, artwork and drawings and/or sketches. Articles of Cobain’s clothing that was worn in a music video, photo shoot, award ceremony or even during a historic stage performance is also considered more valuable.
Restoration on any instruments played and/or used by any Nirvana members is not recommended.
More information regarding Nirvana memorabilia can be found at LiveNIRVANA.com and the Internet NIRVANA Fan Club. The EMP Museum in Seattle also has an extensive Nirvana exhibit (although items are not for sale).
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