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Guitars played by Eric Clapton and Kurt Cobain are expected to sell for as much as $2 million each at an auction.

Two well-known guitars used by Eric Clapton and Kurt Cobain from Nirvana could potentially sell for $1-2 million each at an auction in November.

The instrument known as “The Fool,” a guitar painted in a psychedelic style, was owned by Mr. Clapton and was renowned for its distinct sound. It was gifted to Clapton by George Harrison of The Beatles after his own guitar was stolen.

According to Martin Nolan, founder of Julien’s Auctions, the guitar in question was responsible for creating the iconic “woman tone” that modern guitarists still strive to replicate 50 years later.

Reworded: Mr. Clapton has achieved success with songs like “Bell Bottom Blues,” “Cocaine,” and “Layla,” resulting in 18 Grammy Awards and his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.

The second guitar, valued at a range of $1 million to $2 million, is the one played by Kurt Cobain, known as the “SkyStang I”. He used this guitar during his last public performance on Nirvana’s “In Utero” tour.

Described as his “workhorse” because of the amount he used it during the tour, the guitar still has the same strings and even features black tape covering over the Fender brand name, as “Kurt hated corporate sponsorship and corporate branding,” according to Nolan.

In June 2020, the highest price ever paid for a guitar was achieved when Mr. Cobain’s 1959 Martin D-18E, which he used during his 1993 performance on “MTV Unplugged,” was sold for more than $6 million.

Kurt Cobain brought grunge rock to widespread popularity during the early 1990s. The band Nirvana achieved mainstream success with their hit song “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” which was the lead single off their second album “Nevermind,” released in 1991.

The auction will also showcase belongings that belonged to Mr. Cobain, such as his sweater, denim pants, and a pack of cigarettes that were left behind when he was in rehab.

Kurt Cobain, the frontman of Nirvana, was discovered deceased at the age of 27 in his Seattle residence in April 1994, having died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A percentage of the guitar profits will be donated to Kicking the Stigma, an organization promoting mental health awareness.

More than 1,000 items will be available for auction at the Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville from November 16-18. The event, titled “Played, Worn & Torn: Rock ‘n’ Roll Iconic Guitars and Memorabilia,” will feature a variety of items.

In addition, items up for purchase include Amy Winehouse’s bustier worn during her Brit Awards performance, jewelry owned by Prince and Elvis Presley, and pieces from Frank Zappa’s estate, such as his first guitar purchase.