Interestingly, the musical instruments destruction is a ritual performed by few pop and rock musicians during their live performances, particularly at the end of the gig. And, one such legendary musician was the late Kurt Donald Cobain, an iconic singer, guitarist, vocalist and the frontman of Nirvana, the multi-platinum grunge band that redefined the sound of the 1990s, who smashed guitars and other equipment at electric live-performances throughout the career. This becomes apparent from the regular sale of Kurt Cobain smashed guitars, including the recent one, the Nirvana’s member Krist Novoselic’s Zen-on bass guitar which Cobain smashed to bits in the iconic 1991 ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ is being offered by Christie’s as part of its entertainment memorabilia auction on Nov. 29th in London.
Expected to fetch as much as $40,000, this 1960s Japanese Zen-on bass guitar which originally belonged to bassist Krist Novoselic, was especially purchased from a pawn shop for the filming of video, being well aware that it would be smashed into bits during the shoot.
One can see the Nirvana’s frontman Cobain smashing the guitar at the end of the video.
Later, it was rescued from the film set by one of the band’s teenage extras, who were commissioned to pose as bored high school students in the video regarded as the most played video on MTV Europe.
Notably, another destroyed guitar belonging to Cobain got sold for $100,000 to a mystery buyer.