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Kurt Cobain Guitar Auctioned on What Would Have Been 50th Birthday

Calling all Nirvana lovers! Break open your piggy banks and emergency stashes - one of Kurt Cobain’s guitars is going up on eBay for auction starting February 16.

To celebrate what would have been Cobain’s 50th birthday (Febraury 20, 2017), his Hagstrom Blue Sparkle Deluxe guitar will be up for auction on eBay for Charity. Ten percent of the auction sales will benefit Portland, Oregon-based Transition Projects, which helps people move from homelessness to housing.

The exclusive auction is aimed to offer fans and collectors the chance to own a piece of rock history, and eBay DataLabs has found that the demand for Nirvana merchandise continues to grow.

  • In the last decade, global sales of Nirvana t-shirts on eBay have more than tripled.
  • In 2016, US sales of Nirvana t-shirts on eBay had increased by 52 percent in comparison to five years prior.
  • Nirvana vinyl and apparel sales on eBay spiked worldwide in 2014 and 2015, likely motivated by Nirvana’s 2014 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, as well as the 2015 release of HBO’s documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck.
  • The top five eBay markets for sales of Nirvana merchandise include the USA, UK, Australia, Germany and Canada.

The auction will run from Feb. 16 at 8 a.m. PT to Feb. 26 at 8 a.m. PT.

For more information, click here and check out eBay for Charity online.