The guitar Kurt Cobain played during Nirvana's MTV Unplugged session has sold for $6 million at auction.
The acoustic-electric guitar Kurt Cobain played during Nirvana's legendary MTV Unplugged set in late 1993 has sold for $6 million ($8.7m AUD) at auction, making it the most expensive guitar sold in history.
Julien's Auctions in Los Angeles staged the auction at the weekend, with bids opening at $1 million.
Australian audio magnate, Rode Microphones founder Peter Freedman was the winning bidder; he described buying the guitar, a 1959 Martin D-18E, as "a once in a lifetime opportunity", according to the auction house. He plans to take the guitar on a world tour.
Five months prior to his death, the MTV Unplugged performance would be one of the final public appearances by Cobain and Nirvana.
Nirvana's 'MTV Unplugged In New York' won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 1996.
Previously, the most expensive guitar sold in history was a Fender Stratocaster used by Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour, which attracted an almost $4 million price tag last year.