The sweater that music icon Kurt Cobain wore during his famous Nirvana performance on MTV’s “Unplugged” in 1993 has reportedly sold for $334,000, making it the most expensive sweater ever sold at an auction.
The unwashed green cardigan, still marked with cigarette stains and with one potential flaw (missing a button) was estimated to rake in between $200,000 and $300,000. Four years ago, the current owner Garrett Kletjian, bought it for $137,500. He admitted he had worn the sweater just one time, but took it off after 40 seconds.
“It’s kind of a weird, powerful thing when you do something like that, when we put on somebody else’s [clothes],” Kletjian, a former race car driver, said. “It’s like when they say you should walk in somebody else’s shoes. When I put that on, I was like, ‘Ah, no. God, I don’t want to wear this.'”
There’s been a major increase in the value of Cobain’s items in the past two years. Earlier this year, the sweater Cobain wore during his last photo shoot with Nirvana sold for $75,000, more than double Julien’s estimate. His left-handed Fender Mustang guitar is expected to sell for about $400,000 at the auction at New York’s Hard Rock Cafe.