In the end, the proceeds were significantly higher than the estimated value. A smashed guitar belonging to former Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain (1967-1994) has fetched more than $486,000 at auction in New York. That corresponds to around 471,000 euros. The estimated value was $ 200,000, as announced by the auction house Julien's on Sunday. Cobain demolished the "1973 Fender Mustang" during a performance on stage during his band Nirvana's first US tour in 1989.
A 1972 Elvis Presley gold watch set with diamonds fetched $256,000, a Bob Dylan grand piano fetched $217,000, and a Prince blue electric guitar fetched $192,000. Round wire glasses that once belonged to John Lennon were auctioned for a good $162,000. A pair of well-worn Birkenstock sandals belonging to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs also fetched several times the estimate – the hammer price was over $218,000.
Several Gibson guitars, made in the colors of the Ukrainian flag of blue and yellow, were auctioned off at the auction for the victims of the Ukraine war. A Gibson Les Paul guitar, which ex-Beatle Paul McCartney performed with in the summer, brought in almost $77,000.