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Kurt Cobain's MTV Unplugged cardigan sells for $334,000

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Kurt Cobain wearing the cardigan during Nirvana's MTV Unplugged performance in 1993 (Image credit: Frank Micelotta - Getty)

The green cardigan worn by Kurt Cobain for Nirvana (opens in new tab)’s MTV Unplugged performance has sold at auction for $334,000.

The sale was conducted over the weekend by Julien’s Auctions (opens in new tab) at New York’s Hard Rock Cafe at Times Square, with the garment breaking the record for the most expensive sweater ever sold.

It’s not the first time the cardigan has been up for auction, with Julien’s selling the item back in 2015 for $140,800 (opens in new tab).

The auction house originally described the “vintage green cardigan” as “a blend of acrylic, mohair and Lycra with five-button closure – one button absent – with two exterior pockets, a burn hole and discolouration near left pocket and discolouration on right pocket.”

Nirvana recorded the MTV Unplugged album in New York in November 1993 and it was released in November 1994 following Cobain’s death on April 8, 1994.

In May this year, a paper plate that Kurt Cobain once ate pizza from sold for an astonishing $22,400 (opens in new tab). The plate dated back to April 23, 1990, and includes Nirvana’s setlist from the 9:30 nightclub in Washington, which was handwritten by Cobain.

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