You know that saying "money can't buy you happiness?" Well, it's bullshit. Money can buy you anything you can think of, if you have enough of it, and that sounds like pure damn bliss to me. And on November 7th, Julien's Live auction block will make 350 one-of-a-kind pieces of musical history available for purchase to the highest bidder.
One of the main hot ticket items to be made available at the auction is Kurt Cobain's well-worn cardigan that he wore for the taping of Nirvana's MTV Unplugged show in 1993. The auction listing details the sweater as "a blend of acrylic, mohair and Lycra with five-button closure (one button absent), with two exterior pockets, a burn hole and discoloration near left pocket and discoloration on right pocket." The sweater will come with a signed letter of authenticity from a "close friend of the Cobain family" who obtained the cardigan. The opening bid for the sweater is set at $20,000, and is expected to bring in an estimated $40,000 and $60,000. Strangely, a lock of Cobain's hair is also up for auction with a comparatively low starting bid of only $4,000. The hair was obtained by Courtney Love and is apparently an unused portion of a clump that was intended to be used to make a doll for Cobain's only child, Frances Bean Cobain.
For those with literal money to burn, you may take interest in this Ludwig bass drum head used by Ringo for The Beatles' debut performance on The Ed Sullivan Show (Starting bid = $400,000), John Lennon's Gibson J-160E, which he used to write "Love Me Do," and "Please Please Me," (Starting bid = $300,000), or a pair of Michael Jackson's pajamas that he wore in the video for "Leave Me Alone," which start at a very reasonable $1,000.
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