Kurt Cobain’s cartoon self-portrait sells for almost $ 300,000 at auction

A cartoon drawn by Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain sold for $ 281,000 (£ 199,000) at an auction, more than 28 times its estimated value.

The drawing, done in black felt on stationery from the TNT Music Center in Singapore, shows a scribbled character playing the guitar and the words, “I can’t play and I don’t care!” It is signed “Kurdt Kobain (sic) Rock Star”.

The sale reached $ 281,250, more than 28 times its estimated guide price of $ 10,000 (£ 7,000). The buyer wishes to remain anonymous, but is a private collector and a fan of the musician, according to the auctioneers.

Cobain was 27 when he committed suicide at his home in Seattle in 1994.

The design was donated by Cobain to Jacque Chong, a photographer he worked with on Nirvana’s Nevermind album promotional tour of Singapore in 1992.

It was sold during Julien’s Auctions Music Icons three-day event, which saw nearly $ 5million (£ 3.5million) of items sold.

Other items for sale included a 1994 blue Cloud guitar made by Andy Beech and commissioned and owned by Prince, which was sold for $ 281,250 (£ 199,000), exceeding its estimated value of $ 60,000 (£ 42,500) .

A Schecter cloud white guitar, also custom-made for the music legend, sold for $ 50,000 (£ 35,000).

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Five of late rocker Eddie Van Halen’s Charvel EVH Art Series electric guitars, including the last guitar he played on stage in the series, sold for a combined total of $ 210,225 (£ 149,000).

A Yamaha C-1 series red grand piano by Elton John, signed by the singer and including the matching bench, sold for $ 150,000 (£ 106,000). Meanwhile, the handwritten lyrics for Sir Elton’s 1974 single Candle In The Wind, by Bernie Taupen, cost $ 76,800 (£ 54,000).

The black jersey and cutout mesh bodysuit and matching black motorcycle jacket worn by Cher in the music video for her 1989 hit If I Could Turn Back Time cost $ 115,200 (£ 81,600).

The outfit has already been auctioned off and loaned to Cher for her to wear when presenting an MTV Video Music Award to Lady Gaga in 2010.


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