They bid and they bid, but the family of the late singer were not willing to part with that much cash for a piece of the history of the family they gave away for free and tried to kill to get back.
Kurt Cobain’s MTV Unplugged guitar
Courtney Love, Kurt Cobain’s Guitar and a Really Bizarre Kidnapping Accusation
A judge has cleared the way for a lawsuit against Courtney Love and others by her former son-in-law — which stems from an alleged attack on the plaintiff in 2016 to try and obtain a prized guitar that once belonged to her late husband Kurt Cobain — to move forward.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Randolph Hammock finalized a tentative ruling he issued Jan. 30, striking only plaintiff Isaiah Silva’s intentional infliction of emotional distress claim insofar as it dealt with derogatory comments the defendants allegedly made about him via social media.
He agreed with defense attorneys that it was protected speech.
However, Hammock said he believed the other allegations the defense sought to strike — negligence, false imprisonment/kidnapping, extortion and stalking — should remain. He said he saw no evidence that any of those claims were related to the defendants’ First Amendment rights.
Hammock heard arguments Jan. 30, took the case under submission and finalized his ruling the same day, court papers show.
In another development, Silva on Monday dropped part of the case he filed against private investigator John Nazarian, deciding against moving forward with the causes of action against that defendant for alleged trespass, false imprisonment, stalking and extortion.
Silva alleges Nazarian worked for Love and that the investigator and others went to the plaintiff’s home on a date subsequent to the alleged attack.
He maintains Nazarian was aggressive toward him and his mother.
The complaint filed last May 25 alleges that Love, celebrity manager Osama “Sam” Lutfi and actor Ross Butler conspired to kidnap and try to kill her former son-in-law to try and reclaim a guitar once owned by the singer/actress’ late husband.
The 1959 Martin D-18E guitar was used during Nirvana’s iconic “MTV Unplugged in New York” performance in 1993. Cobain committed suicide the next year. – Source
Frances Bean Cobain loses Kurt Cobain’s Unplugged guitar in divorce settlement
After being tangled up in a messy divorce the last two years, Frances Bean Cobain and ex-husband Isaiah Silva have finally reached a property settlement agreement, according to TMZ. Per the terms of the agreement, Silva is now entitled to Kurt Cobain’s famous MTV Unplugged guitar, which had been passed through the hands of various family members.
The rightful owner of the guitar had long been a point of contention throughout the former couple’s divorce proceedings. Silva claimed Frances gave the 1959 Martin D-18E to him as a present. For her part, Frances denied ever relinquishing the instrument to him.
In addition to its monetary value — it’s estimated to be worth millions of dollars — the guitar is said to be only one of 300 made at the time and supposedly the last one the Nirvana frontman played before his passing. It was also meant to stay within the family.
“It’s not his to take,” Frances’ mother, Courtney Love, previously told TMZ when asked about Silva’s claims to the instrument. She then went on to call the guitar a “treasured heirloom” and said Frances “never planned” on giving it away for good. – Source
Kurt Cobain’s MTV Unplugged guitar sells for $6m at auction
Cobain played the retro acoustic-electric 1959 Martin D-18E during a legendary MTV Unplugged performance in 1993, just five months before he died.
At $6.01m after fees, the guitar is the most expensive ever sold at auction, Julien’s Auctions said.
Bidding in Los Angeles opened at $1m and was won by Rode Microphones founder Peter Freedman.
Nirvana’s acoustic performance for the MTV Unplugged series on 18 November 1993 is now considered one of history’s greatest live performances. – Source